David Crosby dies: commemorating Graham Nash and Stephen Stills

David Crosby dies: commemorating Graham Nash and Stephen Stills

David Crosby dies: commemorating Graham Nash and Stephen Stills

The music world came together on Thursday to mourn singer David Crosby – known for his work with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – after his death aged 81.

Among those paying tribute on social media was Graham Nash, who was part of the folk-rock quartet with Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. In an Instagram post, Nash shared the news of his longtime collaborator’s death and reflected on their decades-long friendship.

“I know people tend to focus on how explosive our relationship was at times, but what David and I always cared about more than anything else was the sheer joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered together and the deep friendship we shared over many long years,” Nash wrote. The guitarist shared a vintage photo of his guitar case alongside another that bore Crosby’s name.

Nash continued, “David was fearless in life and in music. In terms of personality and talent, he leaves a tremendous void in this world. He spoke his mind, heart and passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. Those are the things that matter most.”

The “Better Days” singer ended his post by sending love to Crosby’s family and “everyone he touched in the world.”

Stephen Stills praised Crosby in one Twitter thread Shared Thursday evening. In his tweets, Stills said of Crosby that he “happy to be at peace with him‘, despite past conflicts.

“He was without question a giant of a musician and his harmonic sensibility was nothing short of brilliant,” he wrote. “The glue that held us together as our vocals soared toward the sun like Icarus.”

He continued, “I am deeply saddened by his death and will miss him beyond measure.”

Also among the commentators on Thursday were Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson and singer Rosanne Cash, daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash.

Wilson tweeted a photo of herself and a smiling Crosby, reflecting on the singer’s loss.

“I don’t know what to say except that it breaks my heart to hear from David Crosby,” he wrote. “David was an incredible talent – such a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I just can’t find the words. Love and mercy to David’s family and friends.”

“I can’t begin to tell you how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash have been to me,” Cash said her twitter post. “I’m grateful David Crosby survived and so sad that he’s gone.”

Grammy winner Jason Isbell said on Twitter he was “grateful for the time we had with David Crosby”.

“We will miss him greatly,” he wrote.

Texas singer Christopher Cross recalled his boyfriend who was a “huge influence on me” in an Instagram post.

“[Crosby] left an indelible signature in music that has inspired many artists and will forever do so,” he captioned a photo of him and the late singer on a boat. “Smooth sailing, my friend.”

Stevie Van Zandt of the E Street Band wrote on Twitter that Crosby – along with Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, The Who and others – helped create “the art form of rock”.

“[They] has shown future generations like us what is possible,” he said. “We owe him and them everything.”

amoeba music and longtime Los Angeles music incubator Whiskey a Go Go celebrated Crosby’s life on their social media accounts.

The music program also paid tribute on social media “Austin city limits,’The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, The Avett Brothers, The doorsComedian and podcast host Marc Marron and musician Jacob Collier

Actress Christina Applegate also remembered Crosby and shared how she planned to commemorate his life.

“Tonight at 7pm PST my friends and the neighborhood will howl and then blast CSN to honor this beautiful soul and legend.” She wrote. “If you do please send me videos RIP David Crosby!! We love you.”

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