Musical palate cleanser, another passing edition

One of the iconic musical figures from my youth is gone.

David Crosby, the outspoken and often troubled singer, songwriter and guitarist who helped create two of the most influential and beloved American bands of the classic-rock era of the 1960s and ’70s, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died. He was 81.

Patricia Dance, a sister of Mr. Crosby’s wife, Jan Dance, said in a text message on Thursday evening that Mr. Crosby died “last night.” She provided no other details.

Mr. Crosby was inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a founding member of the Byrds and as a founder of CSN&Y.

The number of people who could make a claim like that make up a short list.  David Crosby was one of rock music’s great harmonizers.  Together, that’s a remarkable resume.

Unfortunately for David, his personal shortcomings were just as big as his musical influence.  CSN&Y were pretty much a constant soap opera and his ego and substance abuse were major contributors to that.  (When Neil Young thinks your drug and alcohol use is excessive, buddy, you’ve got a real problem.)  He was fired from the Byrds by McGuinn and Hillman, again for being a colossal dick, and fifty years later, when Crosby asked the two if he could join them on their Sweethearts of the Rodeo tour, they told him to fuck off.  Now, that’s how you hold a grudge.

This is how you manage to deliver your own epigraph:

“All the guys I made music with won’t even talk to me,” he said. “I don’t know quite how to undo it.”

At least the music will last.  That’s not nothing.



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20 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, another passing edition

  1. RangerRuss

    Gator Bob texted me yesterday evening about Crosby’s demise. Good, honest write-up, Bluto.

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    Déjà Vu 💪

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  3. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Another absolute legend of rock’n’roll is gone, and the world is lesser for it.

    And somewhere, Keef whispers into the night, “There can be only one.”


  4. Salty Dawg

    He may have been a dick, but their first two albums provided me with a lot of make-out time with my first high school love. Thanks, guys!

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  5. NotMyCrossToBear

    Harmony like that is truly amazing.

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  6. The best epitaph of David Crosby came from Van Dyke Parks, who once told an interviewer the second-worst person he ever worked with in the music business was Charles Manson.

    “So who was the worst person you ever worked with?”

    “David Crosby.”

    I recently read a biography of The Byrds. Crosby was plainly jealous of Gene Clark and tormented him during the early years of the band. I now understand why Gene bailed out of The Byrds at the height of their popularity.

    What I CAN’T understand is why The Beatles liked Crosby so much – perhaps because he was an adoring fan of theirs.

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  7. RIP, Crosby.

    It amazes me of the connectivity of so many musicians back in the day. California becomes the melting pot of some amazing music from the 60’s and 70’s. Rick James was in a band with Neil Young before Young went to Cali and became big. The mamas and the papas were partying with CSN&Y and The Beach Boys…Haight-Ashbury blows up and you get the Dead and Janis Joplin…a lot of creativity and unfortunately some tragedies as well

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  8. I feel like I’ve been here before.

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  9. Loved the guy, sorry to see him go. Wooden Ships is one of my all time favs. I know he had a history of being a dick, but I followed him a few years back on Twitter, and he was amazingly engaging and conversational with all the randoms responding to his tweets. He and I had several back-and-forth discussions, silly to say but I felt like I got to know him a little. Can’t say that for most successful artists.