50 years ago, singer-songwriter Stephen Still met singer-songwriter Judy
Collins, known for her piercing ocean blue eyes. Their tumultuous love
affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite:
Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark
debut. Both artists would go gone to shape modern music with visionary
approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a
transformative era for the two artists.
This summer, the two icons of folk will celebrate the golden anniversary of
their formative time together. Their joint summer tour marks the first time ever
Stills and Collins have been onstage together. For this once in a lifetime
experience, the two music legends will pull from their rich catalogs, debut
songs from their upcoming album, due out Summer of 2017, and share warm
and intimate stories from their journeys and the1960s folk and Laurel Canyon
scenes they helped build.
Stills and Collins met in 1967 and dated for two years. Stills wrote and demoed
his legendary love song to Collins right after he left Buffalo Springfield, before
he joined CSN. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” is a five-section romantic epic
brimming with heartfelt sincerity. The song has been ranked #418 in Rolling
Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time Poll.
Stills is known for his work with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash,
and his solo work. In addition to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” Still is best known
for the hits “ For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield and “Love The One
You’re With” from his solo debut, Stephen Stills. He’s a multi-instrumentalist,
composer, and ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “The 100 Greatest
Guitarists Of All Time.” He also has the added distinction of being the first
artist to be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame twice in one night (for
his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield).
Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock,
classical, and jazz into a singular aesthetic. She’s earned five Grammy
nominations including one in 2017 and one Grammy win. Outside of music,
Collins has published two memoirs, one novel, and, in 1975, was nominated for
an Academy Award for the documentary Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman.
Collins is also a lifelong activist.