Musician David Crosby
Singer ~ Songwriter
Byrds ~ Crosby Stills Nash (& Young)
birth name: David Van Cortlandt Crosby

David Crosby

August 14, 1941, Los Angeles, CA

The captain of the 74-foot schooner ‘Mayan’ has been at-home on the water for a long time. “I started sailing when I was 11,”Crosby said, “and so I've been sailing 54 years.” This wooden ship is one constant in a life that's seen its share of ups and downs. ~ CBS News: The Life and Wild Times of David Crosby ~ January 20, 2008 © CBS News

The singular odyssey of David Crosby remains one of the more remarkable tales in the annals of music history. As a founding member of the pioneering American groups the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, he helped create and popularize the highly influential folk-rock sound, forging the richly harmonic, radiantly acoustic approach which defined the West Coast music scene for years to follow; he also sold millions of records and enjoyed a cultural impact equaled by few of his contemporaries. ~ Allmusic: David Crosby ~ retrieved August 14, 2013 © Allmusic

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David Crosby ~ Ranked #99 Q Magazine 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time in 2007.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Neil Young ~ On The Beach (1974) ~ Ranked #65 Pitchfork Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s in 2004 ~ A hazy swirl of steel guitar, dobro, Wurlitzer, slide and Young's high, lonesome whine. All of Young's trademark ugly solos, self-implicating lyrics and cantankerous charm remain intact, but the songwriting here is vaguely softer, an almost apologetic (and certainly dissatisfied) homage to nasty, mid-70s America. ~ 2004 © Pitchfork

The Byrds

Although they only attained the huge success of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys for a short time in the mid-'60s, time has judged the Byrds to be nearly as influential as those groups in the long run. They were not solely responsible for devising folk-rock, but they were certainly more responsible than any other single act (Bob Dylan included) for melding the innovations and energy of the British Invasion with the best lyrical and musical elements of contemporary folk music. The jangling, 12-string guitar sound of leader Roger McGuinn's Rickenbacker was permanently absorbed into the vocabulary of rock. They also played a vital role in pioneering psychedelic rock and country-rock, the unifying element being their angelic harmonies and restless eclecticism. ~ Allmusic: the Byrds ~ retrieved April 16, 2014 © Allmusic

The Byrds ~ Inducted in the 2006 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

In 2008 five Byrds albums made it to the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die ~ Fifth Dimension (1966) ~ Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) ~ Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) ~ Sweethearts Of The Rodeo (1968) ~ Younger Than Yesterday (1967)

Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young)

The middle to late 1960s was a very tumultuous time all over the world. Students, women, and the disenfranchised were standing up to protest against what they felt were discriminating and oppressive societies. Culture, as a whole, was swept up and into the politically and socially relevant movements of the era. Pop music was no exception. Introspection and often times politically astute observations were not only the province of folk artists, they even managed to find homes in the works of such rock artists as Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. What set Crosby, Stills, and Nash apart from other protest artists were their pure and clear harmonies. Their inspired lyrics and song writing helped to set the stage for the emergence of the singer-songwriter movement of the early 1970s. ~ Musicianguide: Crosby, Stills & Nash ~ retrieved November 9, 2013 © Musicianguide

Crosby Stills & Nash ~ Inducted in the 1998 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame ~ Though all three were guitarists (Stills was the “hot” lead player), the concentration on tight vocals gave them a fresh, country-rock sound that seemed all the more original as the psychedelic era began to wind down in the early ‘70s. ~ 1998 © Vocal Group Hall Of Fame

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