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David Crosby, American singer, songwriter and guitarist, was born on 14th August 1941

David Crosby, American singer, songwriter and guitarist, was born on 14th August 1941
Born in Los Angeles in 1941, the son of an Academy Award winning cinematographer, David Crosby was always destined for a creative career. By the early '60s he was in New York, performing alongside the likes of Bob Dylan in the Greenwich Village folk scene which spawned many of the later luminaries of  West Coast psychedelia. He joined up with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and Chris Hillman to form the Byrds, and through their connections got hold of an early demo of Dylan’s ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’. Their cover version shot to No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, and over the next couple of years the Byrds produced some sublime records. Crosby feel out with the band in 1967 after the Monterey Pop Festival and was dismissed, teaming up with Stephen Stills, late of Buffalo Springfield, and Graham Nash, who had left the Hollies to pursue more creative avenues on the West Coast. The first Crosby Stills and Nash album in 1969 remains a landmark in the genre, closely followed by ‘Déjà vu’ the first album recorded after Neil Young joined line-up, both showcasing Crosby's plaintive voice in beautifully crafted vocal harmonies - very much his trademark. For the next few years, the quartet was a fluid entity, occasionally falling out, and with members recording solo and duo projects. It was during this time, in 1975, that Crosby and Nash recorded the ‘Wind on the water’ album which Acrobat has on catalogue – for details click here. Crosby, like many contemporaries, has suffered the effects of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, but for the last thirty years or so has continued to record and perform as a solos artist, with CSNY and with other artists, notably in recent years when he and Nash recorded and toured with Dave Gilmour. He remains one of the key figures in rock, not least as a writer or co-writer of some great songs – for many, ‘Eight miles high’ ranks as one of the very best records of the psychedelic era.

 

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