David Crosby, the multi-talented musician with a career spanning nearly 60 years, is dead at 81.
The son of an Oscar winning cinematographer, Crosby grew up in the Los Angeles area.
After recording his first solo session in 1963, he made a big name for himself as a member of the Byrds.
Infighting eventually put an end to Crosby’s involvement with the Byrds, but by the end of the decade he had found some new bandmates.
Crosby, Stills and Nash released their debut album in 1969.
It would become an instant smash-hit, spawning a pair of top 40 singles and turning the trio into FM radio favourites.
Not long after that, Neil Young would join the band, prompting a slight name change.
Eventually, the four-man band would splinter into two separate acts.
Crosby stuck by Graham Nash, while Young partnered with Stephen Stills.
In the years that followed, Crosby tried his hand at acting and released a string of solo records.
He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice over.
On Facebook, Graham Nash posted a heartfelt tribute to Crosby.
“I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times,” he wrote. “[B]ut what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together.”
Photo courtesy of David Crosby on Facebook