Singer/songwriter and folk rock pioneer David Crosby is not only a successful solo artist, but a founding member of the famed folk groups the Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN); and Crosby, Still, Nash & Young.
As a result of his music with the former two musical groups, he’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Crosby released four albums with the Byrds, beginning with the classic Mr. Tambourine Man in 1965, before he stepped away from the band in 1967.
A chance meeting with songwriter Stephen Stills in 1968 led to the formation of a new project. When Graham Nash joined them, they began performing as folk supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. They released their self-titled debut album in 1969, and were named Best New Artist at the 12th Annual Grammys.
Canadian rocker Neil Young later joined CSN and they released Déjà Vu in 1969. But tensions in the band ran high and eventually the four began performing as separate duos, Crosby & Nash and Stills & Young in the mid-1970s. Crosby & Nash released four studio albums together.
CSN reunited as a trio for their second studio album, CSN, in 1977. Their third album Daylight Again followed in 1982.
In between his group projects, Crosby released his debut solo album, If Only I Could Remember My Name, in 1971. It would take another 18 years before he released his second studio album Oh Yes I Can in 1989.
In recent years, he’s had a steady output of original solo music, including 2014’s Croz, 2016’s Lighthouse, 2017’s Skytrails and 2018’s Here If You Listen. In 2021, Crosby released his eighth studio album For Free.
Crosby was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
Many believe that the best art emerges from times of psychological struggle and/or philosophical unrest. That was the case in late 1970, when David Crosby recorded his first solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name.
This is classy and complete. It’s likely the last word on how the disparate musical and personal threads of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were woven, creating the uneven yet tremendously successful and often musically spellbinding tapestry of Déjà Vu.