Dewey Martin passes away

A founding member of Buffalo Springfield and a fine musician in his own right, Dewey Martin has passed away, aged 68.

Real name Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff, the drummer was found by a room mate in his Los Angeles apartment, reports the Los Angeles Times. He is believed to have died of natural causes.

Born in Canada, Martin became involved in bands from a young age performing his first concert at just 13 years of age. A move to the United States brought more success, playing with - amongst others - garage legends The Standells, The Modern Folk Quartet and The Standells.

A founder member of Buffalo Springfield, Martin also did session work with The Monkees while playing with the band. Sometimes overshadowed by the later careers of members Stephen Stills and Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield were a spectacular group in their own right.

Producing three albums, their influence outweighs their commercial failure. Martin remained in the music industry after the group's split, with his CV also containing a stint with Elvis Presley's band. However, after drifting out of work Martin would eventually become a car mechanic.

Dewey Martin has died, aged 68. The other members of Buffalo Springfield have yet to comment.

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