American singer-songwriter and guitarist David VCrosby was born in Los Angeles, California on August 14, 1941. His father Floyd Crosby, was an Academy Award–winning cinematographer and He is also the younger brother of musician Ethan Crosby. Growing up in California, he attended several schools, including the University Elementary School in Los Angeles, the Crane Country Day School in Montecito, and Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara. At Crane, he starred in HMS Pinafore and other musicals and He graduated from the Cate School in Carpinteria, completing his secondary studies by correspondence. Crosby briefly studied drama at Santa Barbara City College before dropping out to pursue a career in music. He became a member of the Les Baxter’s Balladeers and With the help of producer Jim Dickson, Crosby recorded his first solo session in 1963.
In 1964 Crosby joined Jim “Roger” McGuinn, Gene Clark, drummer Michael Clarke and bass player Chris Hillman on rhythm guitar to form The Byrds. Jim Dickson (the Byrds’ manager) knew Bob Dylan’s publisher, and the band obtained a demo of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and recorded a version of the song, featuring McGuinn’s 12-string guitar as well as McGuinn, Crosby, and Clark’s vocal harmonizing which became a huge hit in 1967. The Byrds second single was “All I Really Want to Do”. Together with McGuinn and Hillman Crosby became a prolific songwriter. writing the 1966 hit “Eight Miles High” and co-writing “Why” with McGuinn. Crosby persuaded the Byrds to record “Hey Joe” on their 1967 album Fifth Dimension. By Younger Than Yesterday.
Sadly Friction between Crosby and the other Byrds came to a head in mid-1967 after the Monterey Pop Festival, when Crosby’s onstage political diatribes between songs annoyed McGuinn and Hillman. He further annoyed his bandmates when, at the invitation of Stephen Stills, he substituted for an absent Neil Young during Buffalo Springfield’s set. This boiled over during recording of The Notorious Byrd Brothers album and Crosby Left the Byrds. Jefferson Airplane recorded the Crosby penned song “Triad” instead and released it on their album Crown of Creation in 1968. Crosby sang a solo acoustic version on Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s 1971 double live album Four Way Street. The Byrds’ version appeared on the 1988 Never Before release and is now available on The Notorious Byrd Brothers. In 1973, Crosby reunited with the original Byrds for the album Byrds, with Crosby acting as the album’s producer.
In 1968 After leaving the Byrds Crosby met Stephen Stills at a party at the home of Cass Elliot (of the Mamas and the Papas) in California, they were joined by Graham Nash, from the Hollies and Crosby Stills and Nash Played at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August 1969 and released Their first album, Crosby, Stills & Nash Which featured the songs”Guinnevere”, “Almost Cut My Hair”, “Long Time Gone”, and “Delta”. Crosby also co-wrote “Wooden Ships” with Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane and Stephen Stills. In 1969, Neil Young joined the group and they recorded the album Déjà Vu, featuring the songs “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Déjà Vu”. Tragically Crosby’s longtime girlfriend Christine Hinton was killed in a car accident only days after Hinton, Crosby, and Debbie Donovan moved from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. Crosby was devastated, and he began abusing drugs Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young then released double live album Four Way Street, before having a break to focuson their respective solo careers.In 1969, Crosby appeared with CSNY at the Altamont Free Concert, and also performed at Monterey Pop and Woodstock. In 1970 he joined Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart from Grateful Dead, billed as “David and the Dorks”. In 1971, Crosby also released his first solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name, featuring contributions by Nash, Young, Joni Mitchell, and members of Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and Santana.CSNY reunited in 1973 at the Winterland in San Francisco and embarked on a stadium tour in 1974. CSNY then recorded the Crosby song, “Little Blind Fish” And a greatest hits compilation entitled So Far was also released during 1974. During 1976, Crosby & Nash and Stills & Young worked seperately to produce a CSNY album but this ended bitterly after Stills and Young deleted Crosby and Nash’s vocals from their album Long May You Run. Following this CSNY did not perform together again as a foursome until Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985.
As a duo, Crosby & Nash (C&N) have released four studio albums and two live albums, including Another Stoney Evening, which features the duo in a 1971 acoustic performance with no supporting band. Some Crosby songs recorded by C&N in the 1970s include “Where Will I Be?”, “Carry Me”, “Bittersweet”, “Low Down Payment”, “Homeward Through the Haze”, “Time After Time”, “Dancer” and “Foolish Man”. During the mid-1970s, Crosby and Nash enjoyed lucrative careers as session musicians, with both performers (as a duo and individually) contributing harmonies and background vocals to albums by Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne (whom Crosby had initially championed as an emerging performer), Dave Mason, Rick Roberts, James Taylor (most notably “Lighthouse” and “Mexico”), Art Garfunkel, J.D. Souther, Carole King, Elton John, and Gary Wright. Crosby sang backup vocals on several Paul Kantner and Grace Slick albums from 1971 through 1974 and the Hot Tuna album Burgers in 1972. He also participated in composer Ned Lagin’s proto-ambient project Seastones along with members of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Starship.
During the late 1980s to the early 1990s Crosby occasionally worked with Phil Collins singing backup On “That’s Just the Way It Is” and “Another Day in Paradise”, and,Collins sang backup on Crosby’s 1993 song, “Hero”, from his album Thousand Roads, . In 1992, Crosby sang backup on the album Rites of Passage with the Indigo Girls on tracks 2 and 12. In 1999, he appeared on Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, singing a duet of the title track with Lucinda Williams. Crosby Stills and Nash also performed occasionally during1980s and 1990s (mainly at the annual Bridge School Benefit organized by Young’s wife Pegi). Without Young, however, Crosby, Stills & Nash toured in 1977 and 1982 after releasing the albums CSN and Daylight Again and toured from the 1980’s. Up to the present day. TCrosby, Stills and Nash also released the albums American Dream (1988, with Young), Live It Up (1990), After The Storm (1994), and Looking Forward (1999, with Young). Crosby & Nash also released the self-titled album Crosby & Nash in 2004. Full-scale CSNY tours took place in 2000, 2002, and 2006. Crosby, Stills, and Nash appeared together on a 2008 episode of The Colbert Report, and “Neil Young” joined them during the musical performance at the end of the episode. However, eventually, it became clear that it was only Stephen Colbert impersonating Young as the group sang “Teach Your Children”. In 1996, Crosby formed CPR or Crosby, Pevar & Raymond with session guitarist Jeff Pevar, and pianist James Raymond, Crosby’s son. The group released two studio albums and two live albums featuringThe first song that Crosby and Raymond co-wrote, “Morrison” these included “Live at Cuesta College”,”Just Like Gravity”, and “Live at the Wiltern,” recorded at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, which features Phil Collins and Graham Nash.
In 2006, Crosby collaborated with David Gilmour on the album “On an Island” along with Nash. Crosby and Nash also performed live with Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2006 and toured the United States,(featured on the 2007 DVD Remember That Night.)In January 2014, Crosby released his first solo album in 20 years, Croz, collaborating with his son James Raymond (of CPR). In 2016 Crosby released his fifth studio album Lighthouse featuring the song “Things We Do For Love” and embarked on an 18-date tour. Raymond has continued to perform with Crosby as part of the touring bands for C&N and CSN, as well as on solo Crosby projects, including 2014’s Croz and the subsequent tour, for which he served as musical director. Jeff Pevar has toured with many artists over his productive career, including CSN, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Marc Cohn, Phil Lesh & Friends, Jazz Is Dead, Rickie Lee Jones, Jefferson Starship and Bette Midler. Pevar has a solo record, From the Core, features the vocalist from Yes, Jon Anderson.
Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once for his work in the Byrds and once for his work with CSN. Five albums he contributed to are included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, three with the Byrds and two with CSN(Y). He has been depicted as emblematic of the 1960s’ counterculture. He wrote or co-wrote “Lady Friend”, “Why”, and “Eight Miles High” with the Byrds and “Guinnevere”, “Wooden Ships”, “Shadow Captain”, and “In My Dreams” with Crosby, Stills & Nash. He wrote “Almost Cut My Hair” and the title track “Déjà Vu” for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 1970 album. He is known for his use of alternate guitar tunings and jazz influences.