R.I.P. David Crosby, co-founder of '60s rock groups The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash
A long-lasting legacy will live on through some of the most influential music of the 1960s.
Few singers and songwriters helped shape the Sixties rock scene more than David Crosby, a founding member of two incredibly popular rock groups, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.)
Crosby, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer according to Deadline, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 at the age of 81.
In a statement released to Variety, Crosby's wife Jan wrote, "It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django."
Crosby was born in California in August of 1941. He dropped out of Santa Barbara City College, looking for a career in music. He started as a solo act in various Los Angeles folk clubs before helping create the Beefeaters, which later became The Byrds.
The Byrds, a LA-based folk-rock band that delivered chart-topping covers "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!," rose to fame in the mid Sixties, as did singer David Crosby, who was with the group from 1964-1968.
By 1969, Crosby was with a new group. Crosby, Stills & Nash debuted their self-titled album in '69, which "went Top 10," according to Deadline, with hits like "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "Marrakesh Express." According to Deadline, the LP has sold more than 4 million copies in the United States.
Per Variety, the group was already a staple on the American airwaves when the group "made its second concert appearance — with new member Neil Young in tow — before half a million people at the Woodstock music festival in Bethel, N.Y." Shortly after, the trio morphed into Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
In 1971, Crosby released a solo debut titled If I Could Only Remember My Name, which peaked at No. 12 the same year.
Crosby was part of several reunion attempts for both bands, though he still maintained a solo career with the albums Oh Yes I Can and Thousand Roads.
He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, inducted with The Byrds in 1991 and as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997.
The last album he released, For Free, came out in July of 2021.
He is survived by "his wife Jan Dance, their son Django, son James Raymond, and two daughters, Erika and Donovan, from previous relationships," according to Variety.
"Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music," the statement said in part.