Yuzu Melodies Interview With Richie Furay…
Los Angeles was a far cry from the concrete jungle of New York City when I arrived there in 1965. it was a warm, sunny day as I sat at the airport waiting (and waiting) for my friend Stephen Stills (who finally came) to pick up to start this musical journey that continues on today.
Stephen had already made friends in LA who were music people so the ground work was already laid when I arrived – all we had to do was make the music. The scene was thriving – the Beach Boys, the Turtles, The Doors, The Byrds and there we were right in the thick of things – was it an exciting time, you bet it was. And as I look back and reminisce, I would say it was probably the best time ever to be making and creating music – maybe no other time in history has there been a more creative time.
Friendships that were made then as starving musicians are still as strong today after some have gone on to world wide success and that speaks volumes as to “the scene” what was happening in our lives at that time. There wasn’t competition among the groups – we were as excited for our friends who were making it and getting airplay as we were for ourselves – it was a very supportive environment, one I will cherish always.