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Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay on Buffalo Springfield's Dewey Martin

February 8, 2009 | 11:20 am

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay have issued a statement on their former Buffalo Springfield band mate Dewey Martin, the group's drummer, who died last week at age 68 at his home in Van Nuys.

"Dewey wasn't intimidated by any of us; he was the older guy in the group and helped glue the band together," said the statement issued Sunday and signed by all three musicians. "He had that strength. The rest of us were all still babies, and just starting out in a band. We had a lot to figure out. But Dewey had been around, playing on sessions and working with a lot of great singers. Plus he was one hell of a drummer."

The fifth original member of the band behind such '60s-rock standards as "Mr. Soul," "For What It's Worth ("Stop, Hey What's That Sound") and "Rock 'n' Roll Woman," bassist Bruce Palmer, died in 2004. Martin and the other members of the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

--Randy Lewis