Neil Young Divorcing After 36 Years

Pegi Young inspired the song 'Unknown Legend'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 26, 2014 6:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years, reports Rolling Stone. It offers no reason for the pending split of the singer and Pegi Young, a musician in her own right, though a hearing is set for December. The pair married in 1978 but met a few years before that, reports the CBC. And if you've ever heard Young's song "Unknown Legend," you already know how: "She used to work in a diner, never saw a woman look finer," Young sings on the 1992 track. "I used to order just to watch her float across the floor."

Rolling Stone says she also inspired the songs "Such a Woman" and "Once an Angel" and served as her husband's background singer starting in the 1990s. The couple—he is 68, she is 61—have two adult children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. That led the pair in 1986 to co-found The Bridge School, which provides education for those with severe disabilities, notes the CBC. In fact, their last performance together came at a benefit concert for the California school last year.

Pegi Young & The Survivors perform with her husband, Neil Young, during the Farm Aid 2013 concert in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Pegi Young & The Survivors perform with her husband, Neil Young, during the Farm Aid 2013 concert in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Neil Young kisses wife Pegi Young at the start of the Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, Calif., in 2010.
Neil Young kisses wife Pegi Young at the start of the Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, Calif., in 2010.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Pegi and Neil Young in a file photo.
Pegi and Neil Young in a file photo.   (Photo by Frank Micelotta//AP Images)
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