David Crosby Co-Founder Dies; The soulful Crosby, the flamboyant rocker who evolved from the Byrds’ baby-faced harmony singer to mustachioed hippie superstar. Went on to troubadour Crosby, Stills, Nash. (occasionally) Young, has died at age 81, multiple media outlets have reported. on Thursday.
Based on a text message from Crosby’s sister-in-law, The New York Times reported that the musician died Wednesday night. Crosby’s death was report by several media outlets citing anonymous sources. The Associate Press could not confirm Crosby’s death despite calls. Messages to several deputies and Crosby’s widow.
Rock star and CSNY co-founder Dies; Crosby underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after decades of drug abuse. Survived diabetes, hepatitis C and heart surgery in his 70s.
David Crosby Co-Founder Dies; He only wrote a handful of well-known songs. The funny and always opinionated Crosby was at the forefront of the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. He even triumphed on the Woodstock stage with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young. Proving himself on behalf of a generation of pastors In his national anthem “Almost Cut My Hair”. Lmenting the assassination of Robert Kennedy in “Long Gone.”
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He was the founder and focal point of the Los Angeles rock music community. Later produced artists the Eagles and Jackson Browne. Was a twinkly-eyed hippie patriarch, the inspiration for Dennis Hopper’s long-haired stoner in Easy Rider. He advocated peace was an unrepentant loudmouth who waged a personal war. Admitted that many of the musicians he worked with no longer spoke to him.
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Rock star and CSNY co-founder Dies; Had a beautiful voice — an architect of harmony. Bob Dylan wrote in his 2004 memoir, “Chronicles: Volume One.” .”
Crosby’s drug use left him bloated, broken and alienated. He kicked the addiction in 1985 and 1986 while serving a year in prison in Texas on drug, gun charges. The verdict was eventually overturn.
“I’ve always said that I took up the guitar as a command office for sex. After the first party I was sure that if everyone smoked, the war would end.” Crosby wrote in his 1988 autobiography. “Long Time Gone.” With Carl Gottlieb. “I was right about the sex. I was wrong about drugs.”
He lived years longer he expected enjoyed a creative renaissance in his seventies. Releasing several solo albums collaborating with others, including his son James Raymond. Who became his favorite songwriting partner.
“Most kids my age would have made a cover album or a duet of old stuff. He told Rolling Stone in 2013, shortly before Croz was release. “It won’t be a big hit. It will probably sell nineteen copies. I don’t think the kids dig it, I don’t make it for them. I do it for myself. I’ve got stuff to get off my chest.”
In 2019, Crosby appeared in the documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name” produced by Cameron Crowe.
His solo career flourish, his relationship with Nash was forever damage. Crosby was anger by Nash’s 2013 memoir. “Wild Tales” (whiny and unfair, he call it), and their relationship descend into an ugly public feu, with Nash. Crosby agreeing on one thing: Crosby, Stills and Nash are done. The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States led to Crosby hinting. That he would be open to a protest tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. His old bandmates refused to respond.
Crosby rose to stardom in the mid-1960s with the famous folk rock band The Byrds, known for such hits as “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Clean and childlike at the time, he created harmonies that were key to the Beatles’ innovative blend of Dylan. Crosby was among the first American stars to get close to the Beatles and helped introduce George Harrison to Eastern music.
Difficult relationships with bandmates forced Crosby out of The Byrds and into a new group. Crosby, Stills, and Nash first met in rock folklore: Stills Crosby were at Joni Mitchell’s house in 1968 (Stills claims they were at Mama Cass’s). Hen Nash suggested they work on the ballad “You Don’t Have to Cry.” they start over. Nash’s high harmonies added magical melody to Still’s rough bottom and Crosby’s soft middle, and a supergroup was born.
David Crosby Co-Founder Dies;Rock star and CSNY co-founder Dies; Their self-title debut album was an instant hit that help redefine commercial music. The songs were longer and more personal than their unique past productions. But still relatable to a more open lifestyle audience.
Their soulful harmonies and themes of peace and love became iconic in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The 1969 documentary Rock Concert was the subject of a version of their Mitchell song Woodstock, which marked only the group’s second performance together. Crosby produced Mitchell’s first album, Song to a Seagull in 1968 was his friend (as well as Nash) for a time.
Some critics considered the group soft and complacent.
You like lounge rock, fireside harmonies and just a little taste of good old-fashioned community spirit, this is your band,” said Rolling Stone, who nevertheless rarely missed an opportunity to write about the band.
But CSN, as it soon became known, won a Grammy for Best New Artist and continued to tour the world and label decades later.
In recent years, Crosby has traveled frequently and answered candid questions on Twitter with a mixture of love and frustration, whether he’s commenting on his fellow rock stars or evaluating a fan’s taste of marijuana. He loved to sail and, aside from hard drugs, his biggest regret was selling his 74-foot boat due to financial problems. Among the songs completed on the ship was the classic “Wooden Ships,” co-written with Stills and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane.
Crosby was born David Van Cortlandt Crosby on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles. His father was Oscar-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby of High Noon fame. The family, including his mother Aliph and brother Floyd Jr., later moved to Santa Barbara.