David Crosby The Legend, Musician and Composer Passes Away At 81

It was just a few months ago when David Crosby the legend, musician and composer — who was a key player in the music scene of the 60s and 70s — permanently retired from the stage, leaving a void in the industry. But it was not as big as the one which remains with his departure.

On Wednesday, January 18, his wife confirmed the death of rock legend David Crosby. The singer-songwriter, born in California (USA), was the son of filmmaker Floyd Crosby.

David Crosby Career

He began his musical career in his childhood, with his brother, to later develop his professional career with singer Roger McGuinn.

In 1964, rock legend David Crosby and McGuinn, formed The Byrds, with musicians Gene Clark and Chris Hillman.

Great Success

One year on, they presented their version of Bob Dylan’s classic “Mr. Tambourine Man” and this made them very famous. This was their debut album, with songs like “Turn Turn Turn”.

Crosby had a romantic involvement with Joni Mitchell, a Canadian folk singer and it was she who connected him with Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

Ups And Downs Of Rock Legend David Crosby

Crosby’s tryst with “The Byrds”, ended with his being dismissed in 1967, from the group. Later on, Crosby went on to start with Stills and Graham Nash, “Crosby, Stills & Nash”, the folk-rock band.

At the Woodstock festival in 1969, as a trio, the first concert was given by the group. Later, the group dissolved due to differences of egos.

David Crosby Solo

Both of these bands played an integral role in the development of country-rock, as well as folk-rock, which had its genesis in California and went on to gain popularity in the 1970s.

Then as a soloist, Crosby continued. In 2021, he delivered his last album, “For Free”.

On A Personal Level…

Rock legend David Crosby had addiction problems with alcohol and drugs for years.

In Dallas (Texas), in 1982, he was arrested, for possessing weapons and drugs. He got a 5 year jail sentence for this, but served only 5 months.

He had to have a liver transplant in the year 1994, after he was diagnosed with hepatitis C and legendary musician Phil Collins, paid for this.

Causes Of Death Are Unknown

However, since the news broke of David Crosby death, various industry figures have said goodbye to the one who founded The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, two of the most influential bands of the 1960s. Among the tributes were Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young, among others.

Without a doubt, the legacy of rock legend David Crosby will live on long after his departure.

Helen Smith

Helen is a part time journalist with about 9+ years experience. While working in the field of healthcare, Helen found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to TRCB News, Helen mostly covers International Politics and Life Sciences Related Stories

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