David Crosby, the influential singer-songwriter who founded The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, has died confirmed by Variety. He was 81 years old.

Crosby’s iconic career spanned seven decades. He wrote or co-wrote several fan favorites for each of his bands, including “Eight Miles High” for The Byrds, “Wooden Ships” for Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN), and “Almost Cut My Hair” for Crosby, Stills , Nash & Young (CSNY), an iteration of CSN that included Neil Young.

He has released eight solo albums, two of which — 1971’s If I Could Only Remember My Name and 2014’s Croz — charted on the Billboard 100.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby, founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash, performs on stage during the California Saga 2 benefit at the Ace Hotel on July 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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Crosby first found success with the Byrds in 1965, when the band scored a number one hit with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” But in 1967, amid growing tensions between Crosby and his bandmates, including anger over his appearance on stage with Buffalo Springfield at the Monterey Pop Festival, he was fired from the Byrds.

He soon teamed up with Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash of Hollis to form CSN. The group’s self-titled debut was well received, receiving favorable reviews and reaching number six on the Billboard charts. Two singles from the album, “Marrakesh Express” and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, also charted in the top 40.

CSN’s second live performance was at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Crosby announced to the crowd, estimated at 500,000, “This is our second concert.” Afterward, Stills told the audience, “We’re less afraid.”

Neil Young, who Crosby replaced at the Monterey Pop Festival, joined the band in 1969, prompting them to change the band’s name to CSNY. The group released Deja Vu in 1970, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart and spawned three more Top 40 hits.

1970, which reached number one on the Billboard pop chart and spawned three more top 40 hits.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash and Young (LR David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills) perform on stage at the Big Sur Folk Festival held at the Esalen Institute on September 15, 1969 in Big Sur, California.

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In May 2021, Crosby, Stills and Nash talked to “CBS Sunday Morning” on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the extended edition of “Déjà Vu”.

Crosby said the band began recording the album after his girlfriend, Christine Hinton, died in a car accident.

“I was in terrible shape,” Crosby said. “I was damn near destroyed. I was just lucky that we were making this record, because it gave me a sense of existence.”

“That’s what kept me alive,” he added.

“It is with deep and profound sadness that I have learned that my friend David Crosby has passed away.” Nash wrote Thursday on Facebook. “I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship was at times, but what mattered most to David and I was the pure enjoyment of the music we made together, the sound we opened for each other, and the deep a friendship we have shared for many long years. David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves behind a huge void in terms of pure personality and talent in this world. He expressed his thoughts, his heart and his passion for beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are things that matter a lot. My heart truly goes out to his wife Jan, his son Django and all the people he touched in this world.”

Despite several attempts, neither CSN nor CSNY recorded a studio album together until “CSN” reached number two on the Billboard Pop chart in 1977. Crosby continued to record with Nash, however, and the duo released three albums in the 1970s: Graham Nash David Crosby, Wind on the Water, and Whistling Down the Wire, all three of which were certified gold. Industry Association of America. Crosby & Nash’s last album, self-titled Crosby & Nash, was released in 2004.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young continued to reunite in various configurations over the next several decades, releasing studio albums and touring, including a full-fledged reunion of all four members for a brief tour in 1974, which Crosby eventually had on in mind like “Doom Tour.”

In addition to the children he has had with several romantic partners throughout his life, Crosby is also the biological father of fellow singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge’s child. she showed in 2000.

Etheridge on Thursday wrote on Facebook it was “grieving the loss of my friend and Bailey’s biological father, David. He gave me a family. I will be forever grateful to him, Django and Ian. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. a treasure.”


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