By
G. McConway
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January 21, 2023

Founding Member of The Byrds and CS&N Dead at 81

I can remember growing up listening to Crosby, Still, & Nash and thinking it was some of the best music on the planet.

My tastes evolved over the years and went more toward harder rock, but I would still pop in a song from them every now and again from time to time.

Founding member of Crosby, Still, & Nash, David Crosby, has passed away. He was 81 years old.

The Legacy

Founding one successful group is hard enough, let alone two as well as a successful solo career.

For their time, The Byrds were true innovators in music. When they borrowed Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," they soared to the top of the charts with a very unique sound, a sound of which Crosby played a significant part in developing.

Crosby has always been a bit of a political wildcard, which contributed to the problems he had with The Byrds and his eventual departure from the group.

Not long after leaving the group, he formed another group, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, with Neil Young later joining.

Crosby was doing his own thing back then, releasing his first solo album in 1971 as well as forming a duo group with Graham Nash.

In his later years, Crosby had no problem sharing his political views, having only recently posted a rant online. And yes, as one would figure, he was a raging liberal who seemingly despised anything and everything to do with conservatives.

Upon hearing of his death, Stephen Stills stated that he should have known something was happening.

He stated, "I read a quote in this morning's paper attributed to compose Gustav Mahler that stopped me for a moment: 'Death has, on placid cat's paws, entered the room.' I shoulda known something was up.

"David and I butted heads a lot over time, but they were mostly glancing blows, yet still left us numb skulls ... I was happy to be at peace with him. He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius.

"The glue that held us together as our vocals soared, like Icarus, towards the sun. I am deeply saddened at his passing and shall miss him beyond measure."

Crosby is survived by his five children.

Source: Fox News

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