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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August 14, 1965 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Save Your Heart For Me ~ #2 (2) the Rolling Stones, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction ~ #1 (5) Sonny & Cher, I Got You Babe

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David Crosby ~ Inducted in the 2009 Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

The Jefferson Airplane ~ Volunteers (1969) ~ Ranked #373 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen called Paul Kantner's revolutionary cheerleading “naive,” but that didn't prevent the band from delivering this album with sweeping fervor. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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.

The Byrds ~ The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) ~ Ranked #171 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ The horse on the cover (reportedly) replaced David Crosby, who'd just been fired. But despite the internal drama, the Byrds made a warm, gentle comedown album for Sixties children waking up to the morning after the Summer of Love. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young)

The close, high harmonies and soft-rock songs of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash as Crosby, Stills, & Nash - or CSN&Y, with the frequent addition of Neil Young - sold millions of albums and were widely imitated throughout the Seventies. The members were as volatile as their songs were dulcet, and since 1970 have continually split up and regrouped. Rock's first supergroup, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young each had successful recording careers before coming together - Crosby with the Byrds, Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, and Nash with the Hollies - and each has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at least twice. Stills and Crosby began writing songs together in 1968, after Buffalo Springfield broke up (The Byrds had already split, in 1967). Nash, who had just quit the Hollies, joined them soon thereafter and the trio performed together for the first time at the L.A. home of Cass Elliott of the Mamas and the Papas. ~ Rolling Stone: Crosby, Stills & Nash ~ retrieved April 22, 2014 © Rolling Stone

Crosby Stills & Nash ~ Inducted in the 1997 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.



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