Singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby, a founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), has died at the age of 81.
“It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away,” a statement reads. “He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django. Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music. Peace, love, and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”
Crosby joined the Byrds in 1964. They got their first number-one hit in April 1965 with a cover of “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan. He appeared on the Byrds’ first five albums and produced the original lineup’s reunion album from 1973. In 1967 he took the stage with Buffalo Springfield at the Monterey Pop Festival.
He later formed Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968 with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, their debut winning a GRAMMY for Best New Artist (1969). Neil Young joined the band for their live performances, including Woodstock. Crosby was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once for his work in the Byrds and again for his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash.