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David Crosby

Singer and songwriter David Crosby is celebrating his birthday today !!


Crosby is the founding member of two huge bands: "the Byrds" and "Crosby, Stills & Nash", with each of them entering the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, separately.

He joined "the Byrds" in 1964 and appeared on it's first five albums, in which he sang, played guitar and participated in writing timeless songs such as "Eight Miles High".


Crosby was fired from the band in late 1967 after much disagreement with its members. One of the things that infuriated the rest of the band members was the fact that he was invited by Stephen Stills to fill in Neil Young's place during a "Buffalo Springfield" performance at the Monterey Festival.

Crosby's connection with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash began after Crosby was fired from the Byrds. Graham Nash who was a member of "The Hollies" met Crosby during the Byrds' tour in England, and after the "Buffalo Springfield" split in July 1968, the three meet during a private party at the home of Joni Mitchell (or Mama Cass from "The Mamas & the Papas").

In May 1969, the supergroup's first album, named after the band "Crosby, Stills & Nash", was released and became a huge success.

Three months later "CSN" is already performing at the legendary "Woodstock" Festival. It was only their second appearance ever.

Neil Young will take the stage and join the trio in the second and more "electric" part of the show. This moment will be the trigger that will turn the trio into a "CSNY" quartet when Neil Young joins them as a full member.


The trio returned to perform at the "Woodstock" Festival 25 years later, in 1994.


In "CSNY", too, Crosby turns out to be an integral part of the writing process, contributing his talent in songs such as: "Almost Cut My Hair", "Long Time Gone", "Wooden Ships" and more.

He wrote the theme song from the band's most successful and best-selling album "Déjà Vu" from 1969.

He will later release with the band 9 studio albums.

In parallel with his membership at "CSN", Crosby formed a wonderful relationship with Graham Nash, releasing four studio albums with him under the "Crosby & Nash" brand, including the magical debut album from 1972 - "Graham Nash David Crosby".


Crosby is also a member of the jazz-rock band "CPR" consisting of Crosby, Pevar & Raymond.

He also released 8 solo albums including the excellent album "If I Could Only Remember My Name" from 1971.

Crosby is known as a pacifist and was one of the protesters against the Vietnam War, on which he wrote some of his songs such as "Wooden Ships".

Crosby is also no small criminal. In 1982 he was jailed for drug and weapons offenses, in 1985 he was arrested for drunk driving and illegal possession of a weapon and in 2004 he was arrested again for similar offenses.

In 1985 he appeared with CSNY at the Philadelphia Live Aid Justice Show.


In the early '70s he was a member of the band "David & the Dorks" along with Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Jerry Garcia from "the Grateful Dead".

In 1962 his son James Raymond was given up for adoption. In 1997 he reunited with him and since then they have been performing and recording together, among other things the highly recommended album "Croz".

Throughout his life he has repeatedly struggled with drug and alcohol addictions.

He is among those seeking legalization of the cannabis plant in the United States.

In 1994 he successfully underwent a liver transplant.


He has starred in a number of films and series, including the movie "Hook" alongside Robin Williams.

He co-starred with Graham Nash on David Gilmour's "On an Island" album.

He donated his semen twice to singer Melissa Etheridge and her partner, who gave birth to two children.


We invite you to listen to "Croz" - one of his late and excellent solo albums: Spotify


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