Tributes poured in from the entertainment world after the death of singer-songwriter David Crosby was announced on Thursday.
Crosby, who helped found the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and whose sweet harmonies helped usher in folk music during the mid-1960s, was 81.
Update 12:51 p.m. EST Jan. 20: Neil Young, who had a sometimes contentious relationship with Crosby, paid tribute to his former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bandmate Friday on his website.
“Love you man. I remember the best times!” Young, 77, wrote on the Neil Young Archives.
“David is gone, but his music lives on. The soul of CSNY, David’s voice and energy were at the heart of our band. His great songs stood for what we believed in and it was always fun and exciting when we got to play together.”
The relationship between the two singers grew strained in 2014 when Crosby was quoted speaking negatively about Young’s girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, Rolling Stone reported.
Crosby later apologized, but he never fully reconciled with Young.
Young’s tribute took the high road.
“We had so many great times, especially in the early years,” Young wrote. “Crosby was a very supportive friend in my early life, as we bit off big pieces of our experience together. David was the catalyst for so many things.”
Original report: Former CSN bandmate Graham Nash led the tributes on Thursday.
“David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world,” Nash said in a statement. He spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are the things that matter most.”
Stephen Stills praised Crosby in a Twitter thread shared Thursday evening. In his tweets, Stills said of Crosby that he was “happy to be at peace with him,” despite past conflicts.
“He was without a question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius,” he wrote. “The glue that held us together as our vocals soared, like Icarus, towards the sun.”
He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius.— Stephen Stills Official (@Stephen__Stills) January 20, 2023
The glue that held us together as our vocals soared, like Icarus, towards the sun.
I am deeply saddened at his passing and shall miss him beyond measure.” 3/3
Crosby became a sperm donor for singer Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher during the 1990s, Rolling Stone reported. On social media, Etheridge paid tribute to the signer, writing that Crosby “gave me the gift of family.”
In 1995, Crosby reunited with his son Raymond, who he’d given up for adoption during the 1960s, the website reported. They recorded three albums together as CPR.
I am grieving the loss of my friend and Bailey’s biological father, David. He gave me the gift of family. I will forever be grateful to him, Django, and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure. pic.twitter.com/1e0vbvd2SN— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) January 19, 2023
Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick tweeted that Crosby “saved my life” by taking her to rehab 25 years ago.
“I wish I could have saved his this time,” the 83-year-old singer wrote.
"25 years ago, David took me to rehab and saved my life - I wish I could have saved his this time. I will miss his humor, his intelligence, and his deep body of work." -Grace Slick— Grace Slick (@GraceSlick_JA) January 20, 2023
Photo courtesy of Getty Images. pic.twitter.com/oApS9cyCAt
Actress Christina Applegate tweeted that her friends “will howl” and then “blast” CSN to honor the memory of Crosby.
“RIP David Crosby!! We love you,” Applegate wrote.
Tonight at 7pm PST my friends and neighborhood will howl and then blast CSN to honor this beautiful soul and legend. If you do this, please send me videos RIP David Crosby!! We love you. pic.twitter.com/F2LKMmm9LY— christina applegate (@1capplegate) January 19, 2023
Boy George tweeted that he saw Crosby perform with Stephen Stills and Nash in 1992 during a show in London.
“It was amazing,” the singer wrote.
Saw @thedavidcrosby with these legends in 1992 in London and it was amazing. R.I.P David! pic.twitter.com/Hr2sQPb6Kq— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 19, 2023
Roseanne Cash, the eldest daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash, called Crosby, Stills and Nash an influential part of her musical career.
“I’m grateful David Crosby lived, and so very sad he’s gone,” Cash tweeted.
I can't begin to say how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash were for me. I'm grateful David Crosby lived, and so very sad he's gone.— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) January 19, 2023
Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach said he loved Crosby’s music but also enjoyed his comments on Twitter.
“Thank you for the lifetime of inspiration,” Bach tweeted.
As much as I loved his music I loved his thoughts on Twitter as well. Rest In Peace David Crosby ✌️ thank you for the lifetime of inspiration https://t.co/Vdoc6j6LdL— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) January 19, 2023
Fellow singer-songwriter Carole King noted that Crosby “left us with his words, his music and his beautiful voice.”
RIP David Crosby. As a member of The Byrds, 1 of the historically essential Artists that created the Artform of Rock. The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Beach Boys & Yardbirds, showed future generations like us what was possible. We owe him, and them, everything.— 🕉🇺🇦Stevie Van Zandt☮️💙 (@StevieVanZandt) January 20, 2023
Crosby, who had a troubled past away from the stage, managed to keep a sense of humor about his scrapes with the law, Rolling Stone reported. After admitting he smoked marijuana, Crosby joked that “our big crime is that we eat ice cream, let’s face the truth.”
The singer also enjoyed his hippie reputation, appearing as one in the 1991 movie “Backdraft” and as a bartender in 1992′s “Thunderheart,” Rolling Stone reported. He also appeared as Chester in seven episodes of “The John Larroquette Show” in 1993, according to IMDb.com. He occasionally portrayed himself on “The Simpsons,” according to Rolling Stone.
Sometimes I pinch myself when I look back at the people I worked with who I admired as a kid.— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) January 19, 2023
I repped David Crosby on different occasions. He was his own man. He could be cantankerous, he could be a pussycat. That was Cros.
About as real as you could get.
Long Time Gone 1969 pic.twitter.com/BIylD1b0I7
Other tributes came from the Twitter accounts of The Beatles and The Doors.
The world has lost yet another ethereal fixture of the ‘60s peace and love movement; a legend within his own right, and every group he was a part of. Coming up in the same era as The Doors, David Crosby had the voice and songwriting abilities that made him completely unique… pic.twitter.com/48QoeoEwEW— The Doors (@TheDoors) January 20, 2023
The incredibly talented and massively influential David Crosby has passed away at age 81.— The Beatles (@BeatlesEarth) January 19, 2023
We’re remembering David for his sense of humor, angelic harmonies, and his humanity.
Rest in peace.🖤 pic.twitter.com/oNFfUf2shc
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