David Crosby, iconic folk rock singer-songwriter, dead at age 81


David Crosby, the influential singer-songwriter who confounded The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, has died, his representative confirmed to Variety. He was 81.

Crosby’s iconic career spanned seven decades. He wrote or cowrote several fan favorites with each of his bands, including “Eight Miles High” for The Byrds, “Wooden Ships” for Crosby, Stills & Nash, and “Almost Cut My Hair” for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the iteration of CSN which included musician Neil Young. 

He also performed onstage with Buffalo Springfield, a band founded by Young, at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

He released eight solo albums, two of which — 1971’s “If I Could Only Remember My Name” and 2014’s “Croz” — entered the Billboard 100 charts.

California Saga 2 Benefit Concert
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member David Crosby, founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash, performs onstage during the California Saga 2 Benefit at Ace Hotel on July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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In a statement posted to Facebook, former bandmate Graham Nash wrote that Crosby “leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world.”

“I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years,” Nash wrote. “David was fearless in life and in music.”

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