Neil’s catalogue is quite extensive and includes songs performed by countless others. He is one of those songwriters who is the source for so many great performers, such as Roy Orbison, Lovin’ Spoonful, Cream, Stephen Stills., Bob Dylan, The Band, The Grateful Dead… My first experience with a Fred Neil song was six years ago when I saw the Black Crowes play “The Dolphins” live. It’s a beautiful song. I was actually in the barn when they filmed this performance the year before last. It's Levon Helm’s barn in neighboringWoodstock, New York. Here's Fred's version.
Anyway, Neil made enough money to build his secluded cabin up beyond his buddies at Big Pink and spent quite a few years there writing, playing and apparently teasing the squirriels, as remembered by a friend in this interview.
We are very happy that he had this place built and that it has a place in Woodstock folk music history.