American folk rock veteran David Crosby has died at the age of 81. The guitarist was known for his performances in two bands formed in the 1960s – The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
David Crosby’s wife told Variety that he died “after a long illness” while surrounded by his family. “His legacy will live on through his legendary music,” she said.
Crosby was born in California on August 14, 1941. In 1964, he joined The Byrds – a folk rock group whose first hit was a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tambourine Man”. After three years, he was kicked out of the band.
Shortly thereafter, Crosby, Stephane Stills and Graham Nash formed a supergroup and performed at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. They were later joined by Canadian singer Neil Young. This band was also torn by conflicts and broke up after a few years. However, he appeared later in single concerts.
Hits written by Crosby during his time with the band include the hippie anthems “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Deja Vu”.
The culmination of the musician’s six-decade career was his last album For Free, released in 2021. Over the years of his career, Crosby’s trademark mustache became his trademark.
Conflicts with law enforcement
Offstage, the guitarist had many conflicts with US law enforcement. In 1982, he was arrested on drug and weapons charges.
In 1994, he underwent a liver transplant. Crosby’s reputation for leading a hedonistic lifestyle led him two decades later to be dubbed “rock’s most unlikely surviving musician” by Rolling Stone magazine.
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