David Crosby Biography

David Crosby full name David Van Cortlandt Crosby, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was born on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, to Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead and Floyd Crosby.

He is also the younger brother of musician Ethan Crosby. Ethan, who taught Crosby to play guitar and started his musical career with him, committed suicide in late 1997 or early 1998. The date is unknown because Ethan left a note not to search for his body but to let him return to the earth. His body was found months later in May 1998.

He attended several schools, including the University Elementary School in Los Angeles, the Crane Country Day School in Montecito, and Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara for the rest of his elementary school and junior high. He graduated from the Cate School in Carpinteria, completing his secondary studies by correspondence. Crosby briefly studied drama at Santa Barbara City College before dropping out to pursue a career in music.

Crosby joined forces with a black singer Terry Callier in Chicago. Together they headed off the NYC Greenwich Village scene in search of a recording contract but it seems that the USA was not ready for a black and white folk duo. Crosby joined the Les Baxter’s Balladeers around 1962. With the help of producer Jim Dickson, Crosby recorded his first solo session in 1963.

David Crosby
David Crosby

In 1971, Crosby released his first solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name, featuring contributions by Nash, Young, Joni Mitchell, and members of Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and Santana. As a duo, Crosby & Nash (C&N) have released four studio albums and two live albums, including Another Stoney Evening, which features the duo in a 1971 acoustic performance with no supporting band.

In January 2014, Crosby released his first solo album in 20 years, Croz, recorded in close collaboration with his son James Raymond (of CPR) at the latter’s home studio. Crosby and Raymond recorded some of the songs at Raymond’s home studio and then moved to Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica for tunes that feature the full band.

David Crosby released a new solo album (his fifth one) named Lighthouse on 21 October 2016. Lighthouse received praise from outlets including Rolling Stone, Stereogum and NPR Music – which was preceded by 2014’s Croz, Crosby’s first solo album in 20 years.

In Crosby’s unparalleled six-decade career, the native Californian has created songs that resonate as indelible cultural touchstones for more than three generations, not only as a solo artist, but as a founding member of The Byrds in the mid-60s, Crosby, Stills & Nash (recipients of the Grammy for best new artist in 1969), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He’s collaborated with dozens of artists, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Phil Collins, Elton John and Carole King.

The folk rock pioneer, who was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009, has also served as our social conscience, not only eloquently writing about societal issues on such songs as “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Wooden Ships,” but continuously donating concert proceeds to likeminded causes. His towering influence and brilliant ability to capture the spirit of our times in his music remains undiminished.

David Crosby Age

He was born on August 14, 1941.

David Crosby Wife

Crosby is currently married to Jan Dance. Before marrying Jan Dance, he has long-term relationships with Christine Hinton, Debbie Donovan, and Joni Mitchell.

David Crosby Children / Son

Crosby had a biological son, James Raymond, in 1962, who was placed for adoption and reunited with Crosby as an adult. In addition, Crosby has three other children: a daughter, Erika, with Jackie Guthrie, a daughter, Donovan Crosby, with former girlfriend Debbie Donovan and a son, Django Crosby, who was conceived with wife Jan Dance after extensive fertility treatments while Crosby’s liver was failing.

In January 2000, Melissa Etheridge announced that Crosby was the biological father of two children with her then lesbian partner Julie Cypher by means of artificial insemination.

David Crosby Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $40 million.

David Crosby News

David Crosby Gets Liver Transplant

Updated: November 21, 1994

Rock musician David Crosby was in critical but stable condition Sunday after undergoing a seven-hour liver transplant operation, said a spokesman for UCLA Medical Center.

“I was pleased with the way Mr. Crosby’s surgery proceeded,” said Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil, director of the Dumont-UCLA Liver Transplant Center and Crosby’s surgeon.

“As with all transplant patients, we will watch his progress closely for several days and I am optimistic that he will do well,” Busuttil said.

Crosby, 53, is a member of the seminal Crosby, Stills and Nash rock group, which formed shortly before the original Woodstock concert in the summer of 1969.

The trio also played at the 25th anniversary concert this past summer.

After years of success, Crosby, who struggled with drug addiction, hit a low point in 1985. He spent nearly a year behind bars in Texas in 1985 on drug and weapons charges.

He was hospitalized on Nov. 5 for liver failure. He recently experienced what was described as a moderate decline in his condition, and the call went out for donors to supply blood for the operation.

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David Crosby Albums

  • 1971 If I Could Only Remember My Name
  • 1972 Graham Nash/David Crosby
  • 1976 Whistling Down the Wire
  • 1977 Live
  • 1989 Oh Yes I Can
  • 1993 Thousand Roads
  • 1995 It’s All Coming Back to Me Now..
  • 1998 Another Stoney Evening
  • 2004 Crosby & Nash
  • 2014 Croz
  • 2016 Lighthouse
  • 2017 Sky Trails

David Crosby Songs

  • Turn! Turn! Turn!
  • Long Time Gone
  • Almost Cut My Hair
  • Eight Miles High
  • Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Music Is Love
  • What Are Their Names
  • My Back Pages
  • Tamalpais High
  • Mr. Spaceman
  • Wasn’t Born to Follow
  • Chimes of Freedom
  • Chestnut Mare
  • Hickory Wind
  • Laughing
  • I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better
  • All I Really Want to Do
  • Everybody’s Been Burned
  • Lover Of The Bayou
  • Jesus Is Just Alright
  • Here Without You
  • It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
  • Why
  • Ballad of Easy Rider
  • So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
  • She Don’t Care About Time
  • Cowboy Movie
  • Sky Trails
  • I Knew I’d Want You
  • The Bells of Rhymney
  • She’s the Kind of Girl
  • Mexico

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