David Crosby, Dead at 81

David Crosby, a legend in Rock and Folk music with a career that spanned seven decades has died after what was described by his wife as a “long illness”. He was 81 years old.

Crosby was a founding member of the the Byrds. The band achieved early success with their version of Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man. In 1968, after departing the Byrds he would go on to found Crosby, Stills & Nash (with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash). One year later, Neil Young would join the trio and the group became known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Infighting w band would splinter and become Crosby & Nash. Subsequently, they would reunite at times for reunion shows.

In addition, Crosby had a career as a solo artist and became known for his collaborations with: Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Phil Collins, Elton John and Carole King. 

Crosby is a two-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – one as a member of the Byrds and the other as a member of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

Crosby was also known as a prolific songwriter. Songs he wrote or co-wrote include: Songs Crosby wrote or co-wrote include Lady Friend, Everybody’s Been Burned, 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 Déjà Vu for Crosby Stills, Nash & Young

He was also known for coming up against the law. Most notably, he was arrested in 1982 on drug and weapons charges.

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