Rock & Roll has lost another of its silverbacks with the passing of David Crosby on January 18, 2023.
David was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
He joined the Byrds in 1964 and they achieved their first number-one hit in April 1965 with a cover of Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan. Crosby appeared on the Byrds’ first five albums and produced the original lineup’s 1973 reunion album. He subsequently formed Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968 with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.
After the release of their eponymous debut album, CSN won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1969. Neil Young joined the group for live appearances, their second concert being Woodstock, before recording their second album Déjà Vu. Intended to be a group that could collaborate freely, Crosby & Nash recorded three gold albums in the 1970s, while the core trio of CSN remained active from 1976 until 2016. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) reunions took place in each decade from the 1970s through the 2000s.
David was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once for his work in the Byrds and again for his work with CSN. Five albums to which he contributed are included in the Rolling Stone list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, three with the Byrds and two with CSN(Y).
He was outspoken politically and was sometimes depicted as emblematic of the counterculture of the 1960s and leaves a body of work that will never be forgotten as long as Rock & Roll matters.
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