August 27th, 2014
After 36 years of marriage, Canadian rock legend Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife Pegi.
Young, 68, filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in his hometown of San Mateo, California, on July 29th.
The couple met in 1974 at a northern California diner where Pegi waitressed. “Unknown Legend,” on Young’s 1992 album “Harvest Moon,” details their earliest years when Young frequented the diner just for an opportunity to speak with Pegi.
“I used to order just to watch her float across the floor,” he sang.
The couple has two adult children, daughter Amber and son Ben, who has cerebral palsy. Ben’s illness motivated Pegi to establish the Bridge School, located in Hillsborough, California.
The school is a non-profit organization to educate children born with serious physical impairments. The couple raises funds for the school every year with a prestigious concert in Mountain View, California.
Young was previously married to the late actress Carrie Snodgress; the couple had one son, who has a less severe form of cerebral palsy, according to the Toronto Star.
Pegi Young has sung backup on Neil’s records since the 90s and has released three solo records since 2007, on which he occasionally plays guitar. Pegi has also been touring considerably this past decade. She is also known to be Young’s muse for many of his most touching love songs.
Neil Young’s career began in the mid-1960s when he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield. He joined Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in 1969 and eventually left to begin a highly acclaimed solo career. Over the past 45 years Young has released over 30 albums.
Early this year, Young released this 34th studio album, “A Letter Home.” He recently concluded a European Crazy Horse tour and will embark on an acoustic American tour in the fall, according to Rolling Stone. Pegi just finished a short American tour.
The couple was slated to play Farm Aid on September 13th, but Pegi’s name was recently taken off the show’s lineup.
A hearing has been scheduled for December 12th, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.
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