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What Bands Did David Crosby Play In

Graham Nash, David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Neil Young
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What Bands Did David Crosby Play In? David Crosby played in The Byrds, CPR, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Crosby is a singer and guitarist.

David Crosby's full name is David Van Cortlandt Crosby, and he was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, California, and died in Santa Ynez, California in 2023.

He was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist with an outspoken personality. He recorded his first solo album in 1963 with the help of producer Jim Dickson.

He co-founded the Byrds with Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark in early 1964. Crosby left the Byrds in 1968 and formed a new band named Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young along with Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young.

His solo career started in 1971. He was also in the duo with Nash called Crosby & Nash and released multiple studio albums and live albums.

In 1996, Crosby formed a band along with a guitarist and pianist. One co-founder was Jeff Pevar and another co-founder was his son, James Raymond. The band's name was CPR.

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David Crosby In The Byrds

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David Crosby In The Byrds was a rhythm guitarist and vocalist. The Byrds band mainly focuses on Rock, pop, folk rock, and psychedelia.

The Byrds was popular in 1965 because of contemporary and traditional folk music. Besides Crosby, the original band included other four members: McGuinn as lead guitarist plus vocalist, Gene Clark on tambourine and vocals, Chris Hillman as bass guitarist and vocalist, and Michael Clarke as drummer.

Some of the songs written by Crosby while in The Byrds are:

  • I See You
  • It Happens Each Day
  • Lady Friend
  • Long Time Gone
  • Dolphin's Smile
  • Eight Miles High
  • Everybody's Been Burned
  • Tomorrow is a Long Way Away
  • What's Happening
  • Why

The band encountered multiple changes from its origin. The consistent member of the band was Roger McGuinn. The debut studio album by this American rock band is 'Mr. Tambourine Man' by Columbia Records.

The studio albums with The Byrds Band in which Crosby had his contributions are:

Studio AlbumsRelease Date
Mr. Tambourine ManJune 21, 1965
Turn! Turn! Turn!December 6, 1965
Fifth DimensionJuly 18, 1966
Younger Than YesterdayFebruary 6, 1967
ByrdsMarch 7, 1973

Jefferson Starship

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Jefferson Starship is an American rock band that originated in San Francisco, California in 1974 by Jefferson Airplane.

The band was active between 1974-1984 and again from 1992 to the present. The band focuses on rock genres like rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, and soft rock.

The band released 8 gold or platinum studio albums from 1974 to 1984. There were major changes in the band except the name Jefferson Starship through the years.

The core members of the band are:

  • David Freiberg
  • Donny Baldwin
  • Chris Smith
  • Cathy Richardson
  • Jude Gold

David Crosby performed songs like Somebody to Love, Volunteers and We Can Be Together with Jefferson Airplane. Crosby co-wrote Wooden Ships which was recorded by both Jefferson Airplane and Crosby, Still, and Nash.

Crosby & Nash

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There are multiple studio albums, singles, live releases, and compilations by Crosby & Nash. Their genres are rock and folk rock and the band was active from 1970 to 2015.

In 1972, the first album named Graham Nash David Crosby was released by the partnership of David Crosby and Graham Nash. It reached number 4 on the Billboard 299 albums chart.

The record label that Crosby & Nash normally work with is Atlantic Records, ABC Records, Arista Records, and many more.

They both started touring regularly in 1973. They also collaborated with various music pioneers. They contributed as back vocalists to different albums like Stephen Stills, Young's Harvest, Jackson Browne's Late for the Sky, and others.

Some of the Studio albums by Crosby and Nash are:

Studio AlbumsRelease Date
Crosby-Nash LiveOctober 31, 1977
The Best of Crosby & NashOctober 1978
Another Stoney EveningJanuary 13, 1998
The Best of Crosby & Nash: The ABC YearsOctober 15, 2002
Crosby & Nash: HighlightsJuly 18, 2006
Crosby-Nash: In ConcertOctober 11, 2011

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was a band made up of singer-songwriters David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young.

This band is named under their surnames. Crosby, Nash, and Young were American, English, and Canadian singer-songwriters. They are popular for their vocal harmonies and political activities.

The band was formed in Los Angeles, California whose genres are folk rock, soft rock, country rock, and folk-pop. The band was active from 1968 to 1970.

The band's first album was Deja Vu which was number one on the international charts in 1970. It was released by Atlantic Records.

The CSNY's last studio album was in 2015 when they released Looking Forward as their final performing act.

There were live and compilation albums as a CSNY band. Some of the albums were:

  • Déjà Vu (CSNY)
  • 4 Way Street (CSNY) (live)
  • So Far (CSNY) (compilation)
  • American Dream (CSNY)
  • Looking Forward (CSNY)
  • Déjà Vu Live (CSNY) (live)


CPR stands for Crosby, Pevar & Raymond. It was formed in Los Angeles as a Jazz-rock band. Its members were David C., Jeff P, and James R.

In the 1996 tour, Crosby formed the CPR band. James Raymond is his own song and he decided to hire his son to play Eight Miles High.

Crosby and Raymond together wrote and performed the song live for the first time in Jan 1997. The song was Morrison which portrayed feelings about Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors.

In 1998, CPR gave a debut live album named Live at Cuesta College. It is related to their 1997 tour and their memories. After that, they released a self-titled first studio album.

In 1999, they recorded their second live album call live at the Wiltern then at last in 2001, they recorded Just Like Gravity.

During tours from 1996 to 2015, the artists released various solo albums too. Some of the albums are From the Core, Croz, Sky Trails, and others.

In 2017, David Crosby and friends toured together and worked on the album Sky Trails.

David Crosby Solo Albums

David Crosby Solo Albums are It's All Coming Back to Me Now, King Biscuit Flower Hour, Voyage, and more.

These solo albums are released by Atlantic Records, King Biscuit Records, Rhino Records, and more. Crosby's first solo album is If I Could Remember My Name in 1971 where he featured contributions by Joni Mitchell, Young, and members of Jefferson Airplane.

Over the course of his career, he released 8 solo albums. After a long gap of 20 years, he recorded Croz in collaboration with his son James Raymond at his home studio. It was in January 2014.

In 2016, he again announced a new solo album named Lighthouse and shared a new track titled ' Things We Do for Love'.

Following are solo studio albums with their release date:

Studio AlbumsRelease Date
If I Could Only Remember My NameFebruary 22, 1971
Oh Yes I CanJanuary 23, 1989
Thousand RoadsMay 4, 1993
CrozJanuary 28, 2014
LighthouseOctober 21, 2016
Sky TrailsSeptember 29, 2017
Here If You Listen (with Michael League, Becca Stevens, and Michelle Willis)October 26, 2018
For FreeJuly 23, 2021

These albums can be found in different formats such as CD, LP, Cassette, and Digital download. The labels are Atlantic, A&M, GroundUP Music, Blue Castle, and BMG.

If I Could Only Remember My Name

This debut solo album successfully achieved to retain the top 10 positions in 1971 in various charts such as Canadian RPM 100 Albums, US Cash Box Top 100 Albums, US Record World Album Chart, and more.

It was gold certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. It was released on 22 February 1971 by Atlantic Records whose length is 37 minutes and 4 seconds. The genre is folk rock.

Oh Yes I Can

This is the second solo studio album released on January 23, 1989, which is 18 years after his first solo release.

It was recorded in June-October 1988 and released by A&M in 1989. The total length of the album is 42 minutes and 35 seconds which was the Rock genre.

David Crosby Solo Songs

David Crosby Solo Songs are mostly from hit albums such as If I Could Only Remember My Name, Oh Yes I Can, and more.

10 of his greatest songs are:

  1. Music Is Love
  2. Orleans
  3. Drive My Car
  4. The Us Below
  5. Monkey and the Underdog
  6. In the Wide Ruin
  7. Hero
  8. Radio
  9. Thousand Roads
  10. She's Gotta Be Somewhere

In 1971, If I could only remember my name was released from which Music is Love and Orleans had 95th and 101st rank in Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1989, the Oh Yes I Can solo album was released, and Drive my car took 3rd position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 88th position on Canadian Singles Chart.


In the year 1993, the "Hero" solo song from Thousand Roads solo album grabbed 44th, 5th, 51st, and 56th positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Canadian Singles Chart, GfK Entertainment Charts, and UK Singles Chart respectively.

Hero also reached number 3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. On Spotify, the Hero song is played more than 1 million times. It is from A Thousand Roads' solo album.

Drive My Car

In the year 1989, the "Drive My Car" song was the most popular song from the album Oh Yes I Can. It was released by A&M Records and is Rock Genre. You can find it in Vinyl or 45 RPM format. The song's length is 3 minutes and 34 seconds.

Music Is Love

The first solo album ' If I Could Only Remember My Name' consists of a beautiful song titled "Music Is Love". The composers of this song are Neil Young, Graham Nash, and David himself. It was released in March 1971. The length of this track is 3 minutes and 16 seconds.