Only a handful of bands can claim to have spawned as many noteworthy performers as the Mynah Birds.
Who? Well, consider that the unlikely duo of funk master Rick James and folk-rocker Neil Young were once in the band together.
In all, the short-lived 1960’s Canadian pop band included future members of Steppenwolf and Buffalo Springfield, as well as rocker Bruce Cockburn. Young and James played together briefly before James was carted off to jail for being AWOL from the U.S. Navy – the main reason he was in Canada in the first place.
Originaly known as the Sailorboys, the band changed its name to the Mynah Birds in the mid-1960’s with James as the lead man. Cockburn was a member of a later version of the group, after James’ and Young’s departures. Young and Mynah Bird bandmate Bruce Campbell went on to form Buffalo Springfield, while band members Goldie McJohn and Nick St. Nicholas later joined forces in Steppenwolf. James, of course, went on to “Super Freak” fame and Young to a Rock n Roll Hall of Fame career that’s still going.
The Mynah Birds’ one flirtation with fame was their 1966 single “It’s My Time.” “Check it out here.”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crm7gqK0OeY