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David Crosby has earned headlines in recent years for many events unrelated to music, from his much publicized liver transplant to donating his sperm to Melissa Etheridge. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer continues to tour as part of CPR, the group featuring his biological son James Raymond on keyboards, but once upon a time, the walrus-mustached singer was a member of two of the most influential pop/rock ensembles of all time. The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Crosby, Stephen Stills and British-born Graham Nash joined forces in 1969 after departing their previous hit groups, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, respectively. The trio sounded like none of its predecessors, and was characterized by a unique vocal blend and a musical approach that ranged from acoustic folk to melodic pop to hard rock. Their 1969 self-titled debut album was an iconic work containing several of their trademark hits: "Long Time Gone," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, and "Wooden Ships."  After their first appearance at Woodstock and a tour, they added Neil Young, also a veteran of Buffalo Springfield, and the first Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album Deja Vu, topped the charts in 1970.

At the peak of its success, the group split up, but the double live album Four Way Street was a huge hit. Crosby and Nash worked together for a few years, but never as successfully as the original trio. Nevertheless, the compilation So Far became their third straight number one. In 1977, amends were made, and the result was CSN, a comeback album featuring classics like "Shadow Captain," "Dark Star" and "Cathedral." The band toured together again, then drifted apart after some difficulties in the studio while working on a follow-up.

While Crosby battled drugs, Stills and Nash began work on a duo recording; Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun urged them to bring Crosby back to the fold for the appropriately titled 1982 hit album Daylight Again, which spawned the U.S. Top 10 hit "Wasted On The Way." The reunited band became a huge concert attraction once again, both in the United States and abroad. Following another European tour, the trio broke up once again. Redemption for Crosby came in the form of imprisonment, and upon release, he instigated yet another studio reunion of the band with Young (American Dream, 1988) and a CS&N tour.

They followed with Live It Up in 1990, and though that album was a commercial disappointment, the trio remained a popular live attraction; there was a 25th anniversary tour in 1994 and yet another album, After the Storm. The trio reunited once again with Young for 1999's Looking Forward, which led to a successful tour in 2000 called CSNY2K.

Nash put together a popular box set in 1991, which included unreleased tracks and alternative versions and led to a critical reappraisal of the trio's impact on rock music.





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