David Crosby Dies at 81

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David Crosby, the legendary singer-songwriter and member of bands together with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Younger, has died on the age of 81, in response to a press release shared by his spouse to Selection.

“It’s with nice disappointment after a protracted sickness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has handed away,” the assertion reads. “He was lovingly surrounded by his spouse and soulmate Jan and son Django. Though he’s not right here with us, his humanity and sort soul will proceed to information and encourage us. His legacy will proceed to reside on by his legendary music. Peace, love, and concord to all who knew David and people he touched. We are going to miss him dearly. Presently, we respectfully and kindly ask for privateness as we grieve and attempt to take care of our profound loss. Thanks for the love and prayers.”

Born in Los Angeles on August 14, 1941, Crosby joined his bandmates Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke within the Byrds in 1964. He contributed to the Byrds’ first 5 albums and performed on their No. 1 hits ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ and ‘Flip! Flip! Flip!’, however after he appeared on stage on the Monterey Pop Competition with Buffalo Springfield and unfold varied John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, Crosby was dismissed from the band.

Although the Byrds helped outline the sound of Sixties folk-rock, Crosby’s greatest success got here as a part of the supergroup Crosby, Stills, and Nash, which he shaped in 1968 with Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills and The Hollies’ Graham Nash. After releasing their eponymous debut album in 1969, the group received the Grammy Award for Finest New Artist and enlisted Neil Younger for reside performances, together with Woodstock. Earlier than breaking apart attributable to inner battle, the quartet recorded their 1970 album Déjà Vu.

Crosby then began engaged on his solo debut, 1971’s If I May Solely Bear in mind My Identify, which peaked at No. 12 and featured visitor appearances from Younger, Joni Mitchell, and members of Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Useless, and Santana. Crosby collaborated with Nash by the ’70s as Crosby & Nash and infrequently reunited together with his CSNY bandmates. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Younger’s last album as a quartet was 1999’s Trying Ahead.

Crosby struggled with drug abuse for a few years, which led to him spending time in jail in Texas on drug and weapons expenses within the mid-Eighties. 18 years after his solo debut, Crosby returned with Oh Sure I Can, adopted by Thousand Roads in 1993. His 2014 document Croz started a late-career renaissance that continued with 2016’s Lighthouse and 2017’s Sky Trails. Crosby’s most up-to-date solo album, For Free, got here out final yr.

Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame twice, first as a member of the Byrds in 1991 after which with Crosby Stills and Nash in 1997.

“It’s with a deep and profound disappointment that I realized that my good friend David Crosby has handed,” Graham Nash wrote in a press release. “I do know individuals are likely to deal with how risky our relationship has been at occasions, however what has at all times mattered to David and me greater than something was the pure pleasure of the music we created collectively, the sound we found with each other, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many lengthy years.”

“David was fearless in life and in music,” he continued. “He leaves behind an incredible void so far as sheer character and expertise on this world. He spoke his thoughts, his coronary heart, and his ardour by his stunning music and leaves an unimaginable legacy. These are the issues that matter most. My coronary heart is really together with his spouse, Jan, his son, Django, and all the individuals he has touched on this world.”

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