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Stills and Judy Blue Eyes

Planning to tour 50 years after they first met

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Nearly 50 years after Stephen Stills penned "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," a fare-thee-well love song for girlfriend Judy Collins, the former couple are embarking on their first-ever tour together this summer.

The two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are heading out on 22 dates nationwide, beginning July 26 in Highland Park, Illinois. The twinbill wraps up September 6 in San Diego.

Click here for the complete schedule and ticket info on Stills' website.

Stills, 72, and Collins, 77, met in 1967 and lived together for two years. In 1969, she fell in love with actor Stacey Keach while they were starring in the musical "Peer Gynt" at the New York Shakespeare Festival. A shaken Stills stitched together a suite of four musical passages that he dubbed "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," a punny reference to his soon-to-be ex's mesmerizing ice-blue eyes.

The seven-and-half-minute opus by Crosby, Stills & Nash was one of two hits on CS&N's self-titled debut album in '69, along with "Marrakesh Express." Best known for its joyous doo-doo-doo-da-doo coda, the suite has been a concert staple since the trio opened with it at Woodstock in August 1969.

The studio single, edited for radio and released a month later, peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It's a "magnificent creation," Collins once said. "The legacy of our relationship is certainly in that song."

This summer, she'll be in earshot every time Stills sings it. Chances are Collins, like the crowd, will be singing along at the end.

Photo by Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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