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The Stray Gators

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Rock, Folk and World

The Stray Gators was the name given by Neil Young to his supporting musicians from 1971-1973 and who backed him on the albums Harvest and Time Fades Away. It consisted of Jack Nitzsche (piano), Ben Keith (steel guitar), Tim Drummond (bass) and Kenny Buttrey (drums).Young then used frequent collaborator Nitzsche to arrange and produce two tracks with an orchestra. He then brought the three Nashville musicians plus Nitzsche to his ranch in California to record the three electric-guitar songs in his barn. At some point, he dubbed this new group The Stray Gators.

        
Members
PortraitJack Nitzsche
p, bvoc 1937-2000 US
PortraitBen Keith
as 1937-2010 US
PortraitTim Drummond
b, cb 1940-2015 US
PortraitKenny Buttrey
dr, perc 1945-2004 US
PortraitDewey Lindon Oldham Jr.
key, p *1943 US

Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Dead End Of The TourNeil Young, The Stray Gators2007Album
Lonely WeekendNeil Young And The Stray Gators1994Album
War Song / The Needle And The Damage DoneNeil Young And Graham Nash With The Stray Gators1972Single
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To all the music fans that are contributing on Discogs, MusicBrainz and Wikipedia. Thanks to Franz Flückiger for providing Storygram used to visualize band membership and together with Stefan Guggisberg for the visual data mining application ArtistAnalytics.
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