Happy Birthday David Crosby
Happy Birthday to David Crosby, who turns 72 today (August 14th). Crosby, whose father was Academy Award-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby, grew up in affluent towns in and around Los Angeles, and later Santa Barbara, California. He first attained fame as part of the Byrds, which he co-founded with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke in 1964. The next year, the Byrds went on to score two Number Ones with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and an electric beat arrangement of Pete Seeger’s “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
By 1967, Crosby, who was always an excellent harmonist, had developed a unique modular guitar tuning style, and began submitting seminal ’60s work to the band’s sessions, including “What’s Happening?!?!,” “Everybody Has Been Burned,” “Draft Morning,” and the 1967 psychedelic classic “Lady Friend.” Most notably, Crosby co-wrote the band’s groundbreaking 1966 single “Eight Mile High.” Due to the growing mature nature of his songs and differing musical attitudes with McGuinn and Hillman, Crosby was fired from the Byrds.
In his 1988 autobiography, Long Time Gone, Crosby recalled being dumped by the band, remembering that, “(They said), ‘You’re real difficult to work with. We don’t dig your songs and we think we’ll do better without you.’”
In 1968, Crosby joined forces with the Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills and the Hollies’ Graham Nash to form the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. It was on their self-titled 1969 debut that Crosby was finally able to shine on Woodstock-era anthems such as “Long Time Gone,” “Wooden Ships,” and “Guinevere.”