David Crosby, the legendary rock icon, breathe his last on Wednesday at the age of 81. The reason for death has yet to be revealed.
The news of the death was most unexpected at the hour for the fans as the musician had a very lively Twitter account in which he had given an update earlier on Wednesday.
David Crosby: Early Life
David Van Cortlandt Crosby popularly known as David Crosby was born in 1941, in Los Angeles, California. He was the second son of Floyd Crosby, his father, and Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead, his mother.
His father was a cinematographer and the winner of the 1931 Academy Award for Best Cinematography. His mother was a salesperson at Macy’s department store. He has an elder brother by the name of Ethan Crosby who was a secluded singer and songwriter.
When he was 19 years old his parents took the decision to get divorced and shortly afterward his father married another woman. His brother died by suicide when he was 57 years old.
David Crosby: Education
David Crosby was raised in California and he has attended multiple schools. His Elementary School years and Junior High years were spent at University Elementary School in Los Angeles, the Crane Country Day School in Montecito, and Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara.
He drifted towards arts and music at an early age itself and left his studies in the middle. He did not complete his studies at Cate School in Carpinteria. He enrolled for a degree in Drama at Santa Barbara City College but dropped out and moved toward establishing a career in music.
David Crosby: Musical Career
Crosby in the early years of his musical career had performed with the singer Terry Callier in Greenwich Village and Chicago. He also shared the stage with Les Baxter’s Balladeers.
David Crosby recorded his first solo session in 1963 with the help of producer Jim Dickson. Terry Callier introduced Crosby to Jim McGuinn, the multi-instrumentalist. Crosby partnered along with Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark, a noted American musician, and songwriter.
The duo of McGuinn and Clark was known as Jet Set then. They were joined by Michael Clarke, an American drummer. This led to the roaming of an American rock band named The Byrds.
The other members of the band were Michael Clarke, Chris Hillman, Kevin Kelley, Gram Parsons, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, John York, and Skip Battin.
The first album of the band was Mr. Tambourine Man in 1965. The other popular albums were Turn! Turn! Turn!, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, Younger Than Yesterday, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Fifth Dimension, Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde, Ballad of Easy Rider, Untitled, Byrdmaniax, Farther Along, and Byrds.
David Crosby was the guitarist of the band handling the rhythm guitar and the vocalist. In the early days of the band, he had tried his hands to play bass in a futile.
Crosby departed from The Byrds. David Crosby formed the band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young along with Stephen Stills, the lead and backing vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, and percussionist; Graham Nash, the lead and backing vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and keyboardist; and Neil Young, the lead and backing vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, and harmonica player.
Studio albums of David Crosby are If I Could Only Remember My Name, Oh Yes I Can, Thousand Roads, Croz, Lighthouse, Sky Trails, Here If You Listen, and For Free. His other solo albums are It’s All Coming Back to Me Now, King Biscuit Flower Hour, Voyage, and Silent Harmony.
The singles of David Crosby are Music Is Love, and Orleans from the album If I Could Only Remember My Name, Drive My Car, Lady of the Harbor, Monkey and the Underdog, and In The Wide Ruin from the album Oh Yes I Can, Hero, Through Your Hands, and Thousand Roads from the album Thousand Roads, Radio from the album Croz, and The Us Below from the album Lighthouse.
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David Crosby At The Time Of His Death
Crosby has a son named James Raymond with Celia Crawford Ferguson. This son was placed for adoption at a young age. Although the father and son reunited when he became an adult.
From his relationship with his former girlfriend Debbie Donovan, he has a daughter named Donovan Crosby, and another daughter named Erika with Jackie Guthrie.
In 1987 at the age of 45 Crosby married Jan Dance. With her, he has a son named Django Crosby. He was the sperm donor for two other children for the American musician and songwriter Melissa Etheridge and her then partner Julie Cypher, an American film director.
Crosby has undergone a liver transplant in 1994. He had previously suffered from alcohol and drug addiction. He also had the condition of Type 2 diabetes.
David Crosby’s Net Worth
At the time of his death, David Crosby had a net worth of above 10 million US Dollars.