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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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David Crosby

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Famous For:
Lady Friend, Wooden Ships, Why
Networth:
$40 Million
Currently Known For:
Here if You Listen
Famous Years:
1968-Present
Birthdate:
August 14, 1941
David Crosby



  Famous For:
Lady Friend, Wooden Ships, Why

  Networth:
$40 Million

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It seems that folk singers tend to stick around for longer than their counterparts in other genres, as their music has a way of resonating with audiences of all ages. One of the more influential singers of the genre is David Crosby, who has been part of several successful bands throughout his career, as well as on his own. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is playing to this day, with millions of albums sold during his long and illustrious career.Advertisements:


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Crosby was born on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles to a mother that came from Dutch nobility and a father that had worked in the movie industry with great success. However, Crosby was more interested in music while growing up, to the point where he dropped out of school to pursue music on a full-time basis. Moving to Chicago, Crosby had worked with a few different entertainers before meeting some people that would change his life.

Crosby’s first taste of success came when he met the members of the band known as The Byrds, who released hit songs such as “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” that both reached number one in the United States. Toward the later half of the decade, however, Crosby came to a disagreement with some of other band members and teamed up with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills to form Cosby, Stills and Nash, eventually adding Neil Young at the end of the 1960s.

There would be sporadic work amongst the group throughout the 1970s, as well as a short reunion with The Byrds for Crosby. During this decade, the band had hits such as “Woodstock”, “Ohio” and “Just a Song Before I Go”. It was also during this time that Crosby started to put out his own solo albums, while also collaborating with several other musicians, which is something that he does to this day.

Before finding fame, Crosby had been in several relationships that didn’t work out before marrying Jan Dance in 1987, whom he’s still married to to this day. One of his previous relationships came with Celia Crawford Ferguson. During this relationship, the two had a child in 1962 named James Raymond. However, Raymond was put up for adoption and it would be years before the two reconnected.

Raymond’s adopted father waited until James was 30 years old before telling him that his father was a famous musician. Like Crosby, Raymond is also a musician, and finding out who his father was explained why he was so musically gifted. After reconnecting in the 1990s, the two joined forces musically to start a band called CPR in 1996 that lasted for nearly a decade, releasing several albums. “It’s like a song fountain,” Crosby said of reuniting with his son. “I think we both hear things very much the same way.”

There have been many albums that have included Crosby throughout the years with various bands, with his most recent work being the 2018 solo album “Here if You Listen”, which followed up recent albums such as “Sky Trails” and “Lighthouse” since 2016. There have even been some acting roles for Crosby during his career where he doesn’t play himself, including “The John Larroquette Show”, “Hook” and the TV film “Suddenly”.

Despite having health problems later in his career, Crosby is still going strong and has even had a new band join him that features much younger musicians. It’s a far cry from working with the group that found the most fame. “I felt that I didn’t have any choice but to leave (Stills, Nash and Young) when I did,” he said. “It was kind of like diving off a cliff. I tell you, it’s a very scare thing to do. But I hit the Lighthouse band and that was like growing wings half way down the cliff.”

As for whether or not he’ll reunite with Stills, Nash and Young, “Never say never,” Crosby said. “But I don’t think you’re going to see that band. I don’t think Neil (Young) wants to do it. And it’s up to Neil. I would love to do it, but I’m not expecting it.” The reason that the group split in the first place, according to Crosby, was because it was “a little jammed up creatively,” and that “We grew apart, and it was no longer fun. I need it to be fun!”

Thankfully, Crosby is having a lot of fun now playing with the younger generation, and is writing songs that he hopes that will eventually become hits, even if he’s not performing them. “I write every day and I save up bits of words in a big book,” he said. “I learnt that from Joni (Mitchell) way back when. She taught me to write good stuff down to save it for songs. That’s brilliant. When I find something I can use in there, it might also spark other lyrics - or a whole verse. For me, the words are the hardest part.”

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