Former The Byrds member David Crosby is now known as part of the bands Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) and CPR (Crosby, Pevar & Raymond). He has popularized songs like “Almost Cut My Hair,” “Wooden Ships,” “Time After Time” and “In My Dreams.” As a solo performer, Crosby released albums like If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971), Thousand Roads (1993) and It’s All Coming Back To Me Now (1995). He appeared as a pirate in the family movie Hook (1991), guest starred in the sitcom “Roseanne” (1992) and voiced himself in the cartoon series “The Simpsons” (1993).
Crosby was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as a member of The Byrds and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 as a part of CSN. Working with Carl Gottlieb, the artist has written two books, one of which was released in November 2006.
In March 2004, the musician was arrested on marijuana and gun possession charges at a Times Square hotel. At the time, he carried a bag containing marijuana, a .45-calibre handgun and two knives. Crosby, who in the late 1960s also had a drug problem, was jailed for 3 months in 1985 on drug charges.
A liver transplant recipient, Crosby is a good friend of Larry Hagman, who also had a liver transplant. He is the father of five children: a son from wife Jan Dance (1987-present), two children from previous relationships and two others with homosexual couple Melissa Etheridge-Julie Cypher.
Drama School Dropout
Childhood and Family:
Born on August 14, 1941, in L.A., David Van Cortland Crosby is the son of the late cinematographer Floyd Crosby and Aliph Van Cortland Whitehead. When David was 19, his parents divorced.
After graduating from the Cate School in Carpinteria, California, David went to a drama school, but dropped out to pursue a career in music. He then joined a group named “Les Baxter Balladeers.”
David is married to Jan Dance (married on May 16, 1987) and has a son named Django with her. He also has a son named James Raymond and another child from a previous relationship. David is the biological father of the two children of homosexual musician Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher.
Time After Time
David Crosby, who in 1963 recorded his first solo session, formed The Byrds (initially named “Jet Set”) with Roger McGuinn. Joining them were bassist Chris Hillman and drummer Michael Clarke. The band later topped the charts with the cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” As a singer (and guitarist) of the group, Crosby was known for his soaring harmonies and unusual phrasing in their songs. However, the friction between Crosby and other members heightened and resulted in his dismissal in 1967.
After meeting Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, Crosby formed the group Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) and launched their 1969 self-titled debut album, which spawned two Top Forty hit singles. Crosby’s self-written songs for the band were “Guinnevere,” “Almost Cut My Hair,” “Long Time Gone, “Delta” and “Wooden Ships” (co-wrote with Paul Kantner and Stephen Stills).
Not long after Neil Young joined the group, the No.1 album Déjà Vu (1969) was released. It was then followed by the release of the double live album Four Way Street. While CSN was on hiatus, Crosby released a first solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971), featuring contributions by Nash, Young, Joni Mitchell, as well as the members of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and Santana. Crosby also recorded several albums with Graham Nash as a duo.
The writer of such songs as “Where Will I Be,” “Carry Me,” “Bittersweet,” “Time After Time,” “Foolish Man” and “In My Dreams,” Crosby was featured in electronic composer Ned Lagin’s project Seastones and in Hot Tuna’s track “Highway Song.” Although having domestic problems, his band CSN released a greatest hits compilation titled So Far.
In the 1990s, Crosby stepped into the acting world. He first accepted the supporting role of Damian Lyndell in the comedy movie To Cross the Rubicon (1991) and then took minor parts in the thriller Backdraft (1991, as a hippie) and the family film Hook (1991, played pirate Tickles). The artist also guest starred in the sitcoms “Roseanne” (1992) and “Flying Blind” (1993). During 1993-1994, Crosby could be seen playing Chester in several episodes of the sitcom “The John Larroquette Show.” In 1996, he shared the screen with actresses Kirstie Alley and Nancy Cartwright in the TV drama Suddenly. The singer also guest starred as himself in series like “The Simpsons” (1993), “Ellen” (1997) and “Chicago Hope” (1998).
Resuming his musical journey, Crosby launched a number of solo albums such as Oh Yes I Can (1989), Thousand Roads (1993), It’s All Coming Back To Me Now (1995) and King Biscuit Flower Hour (1996). With keyboardist James Raymond (his biological son) and guitarist Jeff Pevar, the artist formed CPR (Crosby, Pevar & Raymond) and released a 1998 eponymous album, the live albums Live at Cuesta College (1998) and Live at the Wiltern (1999), as well as the studio album Just Like Gravity (2001).
In 2006, Crosby released Voyage Box Set on Rhino/Wea recording company.