A founding member of two supergroups of the 60s, David Crosby has passed away at the age of 81 following a long illness.
David broke onto the national music scene as a member of the Byrds, appearing on their first 5 studio albums. Crosby departed the band in 1967 following a disagreement with the rest of the band members. He achieved an even greater degree of fame when he hooked up with Steven Stills of Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash of the Hollies, releasing the now-classic LP Crosby, Still and Nash in 1968. The enormous success of that album was followed by adding Neil Young, also late of Buffalo Springfield to form one of rock’s great groups: Crosby, Still, Nash & Young. Drug use and volatile personalities kept that aggregation breaking up and reforming in various combinations for decades thereafter.
As a composer, Crosby wrote or co-wrote such songs as “Eight Miles High,” “Wooden Ships,” Déjà Vu,” “Almost Cut My Hair” and "Guinevere." He released 6 solo albums, 5 of which charted. He has also been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a member of the Byrds and again as a member of CSNY.
He remained active in music throughout his entire life, releasing his final solo album, Sky Trails, in the summer of 2021.