Wednesday, January 18, 2023

David Crosby b.1941- d. January 18, 2023 RIP



Portrait of David Crosby by Joan Baez


" In 1965, Bob Dylan and I were discussing the state of the music scene. He said The Byrds, who had made a hit of “Mr. Tambourine Man,” were the only thing happening musically at that point in time. Perhaps an exaggeration, but certainly a tribute to the stellar musicians who formed the budding monster groups of the years to come like The Byrds and CSNY.

David Crosby was among the monster group icons who continued a solo career with the kind of success reserved for great musicians. And he could sing the hell out of a harmony.

He was also a friend to me. He was always, I repeat, always present for me, to defend my character and politics, and often included over the top (sometimes unwarranted) praise. He was funny, clever, and refreshing to be around. And I was honored that he chose my portrait of him as his last album cover.

He will be missed by millions, including myself. Sending my love to Jan and his family."- Joan Baez


"David Crosby was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and also embarked on a solo career. Crosby joined the Byrds in 1964. They had their first number-one hit in 1965 with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man".-wikipedia


A side note in the Fall of 1965 a then unknown group called the Byrds played a concert in the auditorium of East Los Angeles City College where I was a student.  I went to the concert. The songs of the Byrds later became iconic music of the 60's but it was the group Crosby, Stills and Nash that I loved along with the precursor groups Buffalo Springfield and The Hollies. Year later at the Hollywood Bowl my husband and I took our daughter Athena and her boyfriend Mat to see Crosby Still, Nash and Young. The sounds of that music bring me to a time in my youth when Peace and Love were the hopes and dreams in our young hearts.

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