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

David Crosby's musical career has been a long and productive one, despite repeated interruptions due to his much-publicized troubles with drugs and the law. Crosby first sang professionally with his brother, Ethan, in a folksinging duo. They played small clubs and coffeehouses around Los Angeles for a time before David hit the road as a solo act. For a few years he led a vagabond existence, barely eking out a living. Things changed drastically after he joined forces with another folkie, Roger McGuinn, and began experimenting with electronic amplification. By the summer of 1964, they had induced Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, and Mike Clark to join them in a new group called the Byrds. ~ Musicianguide: David Crosby ~ retrieved August 12, 2014 © Musicianguide

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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 ~ Voted #82 Classic Rock 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes in 2007.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Jackson Browne ~ The Pretender (1976) ~ Ranked #391 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Laid-back Southern California folk rock took on new weight with Browne's fourth album. ~ 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 ~ Mr Tambourine Man (1965) ~ Ranked #233 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ “Wow, man, you can even dance to that!” said Bob Dylan on hearing the Byrds' harmonized electric-12-string treatments of his material. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young)

The musical partnership of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, with and without Neil Young, was not only one of the most successful touring and recording acts of the late '60s, '70s, and early '80s (with the colorful, contrasting nature of the members' characters and their connection to the political and cultural upheavals of the time), it was the only American-based band to approach the overall societal impact of the Beatles. The group was a second marriage for all the participants when it came together in 1968: Crosby had been a member of the Byrds, Nash was in the Hollies, and Stills had been part of Buffalo Springfield. The resulting trio, however, sounded like none of its predecessors and was characterized by a unique vocal blend and a musical approach that ranged from acoustic folk to melodic pop to hard rock. Crosby, Stills & Nash, released in 1969, was perfectly in tune with the times, and the group proved an instant hit. By the time of their first tour (which included the Woodstock festival), they had added Young, also a veteran of Buffalo Springfield, who maintained a solo career. ~ Allmusic: Crosby, Stills & Nash ~ retrieved November 10, 2013 © Allmusic

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

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ~ Déjà Vu (1970) ~ #55 Entertainment Weekly 100 Greatest Albums All Time in 1993.



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