Dewey Martin, Buffalo Springfield Drummer, Dies

Dewey Martin, the drummer for Buffalo Springfield, has died. Martin was found dead by his roommate in his Van Nuys apartment this week. Dewey Martin was 68 years old.

An official cause of death has not been determined, though friends tell the press Martin had been suffering from health problems and they believe his passing may have been from natural causes.

Dewey Martin: The Buffalo Springfield Days

Dewey Martin helped found Buffalo Springfield in the mid-60s, along with Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Bruce Palmer. The band played together for only two years before the members decided to go their separate ways. The three studio albums they recorded, however — 1966’s “Buffalo Springfield,” 1967’s “Buffalo Springfield Again,” and 1968’s “Last Time Around” — quickly earned their places in musical history, spawning such songs as “Rock ‘N’ Roll Woman,” “Mr. Soul,” and “Broken Arrow.”

Dewey Martin: Life After Buffalo Springfield

Dewey Martin, Buffalo SpringfieldMartin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Buffalo Springfield in 1977. While Young and Stills moved on to lucrative post-Buffalo endeavors, Martin’s career remained focused on the Buffalo Springfield brand: He reformed a group called New Buffalo Springfield. Once Stills and Young sued over the rights to the name, Martin changed to Buffalo Springfield Revisited and later Buffalo Springfield Again. He played in several other groups, including one called Medicine Ball, and was said to have been working on his own custom drum head in recent years.

Dewey Martin will be buried in his home country of Canada. Memorial services are currently being planned.

Dewey Martin Video

The following Dewey Martin videos feature Martin playing with Buffalo Springfield.