Introduction and Early Life:
David Crosby is an American singer-songwriter and musician. A founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, he was one of the most important pioneers of folk rock whose strong presence and legacy continue to inspire new singers. Crosby is also known for his turbulent and controversial personal life, as well as a moderately successful solo career and a brief acting stint.
Born “David Van Cortlandt Crosby” in August 1941 in Los Angeles, California, his father was a cinematographer while his mother was an artist. Crosby dropped out of drama school to pursue a career in music and became a member of the Les Baxter’s Balladeers.
Career and Musical Achievements:
David Crosby recorded his first solo session in 1963, under the supervision of famed record producer and band manager Jim Dickson. He founded his own band, the Jet Set, along with Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark in 1964. The group was rechristened the ‘Byrds’ and had massive success with their 1965 rendition of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man”. The Byrds, despite their fame and glory, broke up due to creative differences in 1967.
Crosby then began jamming with ex-Buffalo Springfield guitarist, Stephen Stills. The duo were soon joined by ex-Hollies member, Graham Nash. The supergroup’s eponymous debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969), was an immediate success, scoring two Top 40 hit singles, “Marrakesh Express” and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. They established themselves as one of the leading live bands and quintessential torch-bearers of significant musical and cultural impact.
Crosby, Stills & Nash went on a temporary hiatus to focus on the respective solo careers of the members. The group reunited in 1985, and would perform only sporadically later on. Crosby has since enjoyed massive success as a solo performer, recording artist and session musician.
Awards and Accolades:
David Crosby has won several awards and accolades in his career. In 1969, he won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for Crosby, Stills and Nash. Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; once for his work in The Byrds (1961) and once for his work with CSN (1969).
David Crosby has been married to Jan Dance for 28 years and has at least four children with three different women.