David Crosby, legendary singer-songwriter, dies at 81

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The folk-rock pioneer of the 1960s was an original member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. A source close to the musician revealed on Thursday that the iconic singer-songwriter and founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had passed away. David Crosby, legendary singer-songwriter, dies at 81 was also a founding member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He was 81.

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According to a statement that his wife provided to Variety, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee passed away after a protracted battle with sickness.

According to what she shared with the media site, “He was lovingly encircled by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django.” “Even if he is not physically present with us any longer, his kind spirit and compassionate humanity will continue to direct and motivate us. His iconic songs will ensure that his legacy will live on for generations to come.”

In 1965, The Byrds’ Chris Hillman, Dave Crosby, Gene Clark, Mike Clark, and Roger McGuinn made up the band’s lineup, from left to right.

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Graham Nash, a former bandmate of David Crosby’s, recalled the focus on the pair’s tumultuous relationship in a post that he made on Facebook. He noted that Crosby had lashed out at him publicly as recently as two years ago in an interview with the Guardian, but that the “pure joy” of making music with Crosby was what mattered the most. Crosby passed away in January of this year.

Nash remarked that David lacked any sense of inhibition in either his personal or musical life. “As far as this world is concerned, he leaves a big hole behind, both in terms of his personality and his talent. Through his stunning music, he conveyed everything that was in his thoughts, heart, and soul; he leaves behind an incredible legacy. These are the things that should be given the most consideration.”

Another former member of the band, Stephen Stills, remembered the occasions when he and David Crosby butted heads. Stills said in a statement that such disagreement left them with “numb skulls,” which was released by Stills’ manager.

He remarked, “I was pleased to be at peace with him,” and that’s exactly how I felt. He was without a doubt one of the most influential musicians of all time, and his harmonic sensitivities were nothing short of brilliant.

The final recording by Crosby, titled “Live at the Capitol Theater,” was just released a month ago. He referred to the performance that was captured on the recording as “amazing” in an interview that was conducted with the website ultimateclassicrock.com.

David Crosby Early Life

Crosby, who was born in Los Angeles, started playing with the Byrds in 1964, the same year that they had their first hit with Bob Dylan’s cover of “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

A year following David Crosby’s departure from the Byrds, in 1968, Crosby, Stills, and Nash formed a band that would ultimately become known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young after the addition of musician Neil Young. After that, the band went on to have a string of successes with songs such as “Marrakesh Express,” “Just a Song Before I Go,” “Woodstock,” and many others.

The year 1999 saw the publication of the band’s album titled “Looking Forward.”

Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on two separate occasions: the first time was in 1991, with the Byrds; the second time was in 1996, with Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

David Crosby Health Issues

During the interview that took place a month ago, he stated that he was no longer going on tour since he was suffering from tendinitis in both hands. After decades of drug usage, Crosby required a liver transplant in 1994. He also overcame diabetes, hepatitis C, and heart surgery in his 70s.

His history of drug usage has left him obese, destitute, and socially isolated. He was incarcerated in Texas for a year from 1985 and 1986 on drug and weapon charges, and at that time he overcame his addiction. Overturning the conviction was ultimately successful.

“I’ve always said that I picked up the guitar as a shortcut to sex,” Crosby said in his autobiography “Long Time Gone,” which he co-wrote with Carl Gottlieb in 1988. “After my first joint I was sure that if everyone smoked dope there’d be an end to war,” Crosby said in the same book. “Long Time Gone” was published. “I was correct about the sexual situation. When it comes to drugs, I was completely wrong.”

He lived for many more years than even he had anticipated, and in his 70s he enjoyed a creative renaissance, releasing several solo albums while also collaborating with others, including his son James Raymond, who became a favourite songwriting partner. He passed away at an age that was much later than he had anticipated.

Shortly before “Croz” was released in 2013, he gave an interview to Rolling Stone in which he stated that “most guys my age would have done a covers record or duets on old songs.” “I don’t see this being a tremendous success. It is anticipated that nineteen copies will be sold. I have a feeling that children won’t enjoy it, but that won’t stop me from making it anyhow. I’m making it for me. I have some things to get off my chest, and right now is the time.”

David Crosby Wife

In 1987, Crosby tied the knot with his longtime lover Jan Dance. In 1995, the couple welcomed a baby boy whom they named Django. Donovan Crosby was also born to Crosby and Debbie Donovan, the couple’s daughter. Raymond, who had been given up for adoption in 1961, was brought back to Crosby not long after the liver transplant operation that the latter had undergone. Later on, Raymond, Crosby, and Jeff Pevar created a band named CPR together and performed together.

In 1998, when asked about Raymond, Crosby told the Associated Press, “I regretted losing him many times.” “I was incapable of being a father to anyone because I was too careless and too immature.”

David Crosby Children 

In the year 2000, Melissa Etheridge acknowledged publicly that David Crosby was the biological father of her two children with her former companion, Julie Cypher. According to what Etheridge told Rolling Stone, Cypher is the mother of the children Crosby fathered through artificial insemination. One son, Beckett, died in 2020.

Crosby did not participate in the upbringing of the children, but he did say that it would be wonderful “if, you know, in due time, at a distance, they’re proud of who their genetic dad is.”

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