David Crosby is 70…

…and somehow, I think the person most surprised by that fact may be David Crosby.

When he got kicked out of the Byrds in the late 1960s, he joined up with Stephen Stills, formerly of Buffalo Springfield, and Graham Nash, who had left the Hollies, to form what was generally considered to be the first “supergroup.” If I could remember the name of the group, I’d tell you. At least one of their first two albums, the latter with Neil Young, also formerly of Springfield, was in every dorm room at college. I saw CSN st some point in the 1980s at Albany’s Palace Theater.

Crosby was known for his left-leaning politics, and his excessive use of drugs and alcohol, which resulted in numerous arrests, multiple rehabs and a liver transplant.

My sister Leslie gave me this album about a decade ago called CPR: Live at the Wiltern. Usually, she gives me religious material, but this was a 2-CD set, with the first album jazzy/noodly. The second album featured songs I knew: Long Time Gone, Deja Vu, Eight Miles High, Ohio and Almost Cut My Hair. Turns out CPR stands for Crosby, Jeff Pevar, and keyboardist/vocalist James Raymond, who is the son Crosby never knew he had until years later.

My favorite David Crosby performances, though, were on the first season of The John Larroquette Show (1993-1994), where Crosby played Chester, sponsor to Larroquette’s John Hemingway, “a recovering alcoholic who becomes the manager of a big city bus station”. Crosby appeared in about a half dozen episodes of this “comedy noir”, then they got rid of the character Chester when the show lightened up in subsequent seasons; wish I could find those episodes online somewhere.

Here’s the title song from the CSNY album Déjà Vu.

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5 thoughts on “David Crosby is 70…

  1. Crosby is an interesting guy. As far as I know, when they got together, they were always called simply, “Crosby, Stills, and Nash.” Then Neil Young signed on for an album after Woodstock, but he contributed little to the unique blend of vocals. I played “Deja Vu” (which also had the good grace to feature a young black drummer named Dallas Taylor on the cover) until the grooves wore out. “Teach your Children” is a song I’ve sung in close harmony both at church and at funerals, as well as baptisms. It speaks to every aspect of human existence. Thanks for this tribute, Roger. And I believe he fathered BOTH of Melissa and Julie’s kids. Peace, and don’t cut your hair – let your “freak flag fly”! Ha ha Amy

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