Crosby, Stills & Nash

Crosby, Stills & NashFrom: California, USA

Crosby, Stills & Nash is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. Prior to forming CSN, Crosby was with The Byrds, Stills was with Buffalo Springfield, and Nash had be in The Hollies. Due to internal conflict, Crosby left The Byrds in late 1967. Buffalo Springfield had separated by early 1968, and after putting together the band’s final album, Stills was unemployed. He and Crosby began to meet informally and jam. The result of one of these encounters was the song “Wooden Ships,” composed in collaboration with another guest, Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner.

Graham Nash had met Crosby when The Byrds toured the United Kingdom in 1966. When The Hollies went to California in 1968, Nash resumed his acquaintance with Crosby. At a party at Joni Mitchell’s house in the summer of 1968, Nash asked Stills and Crosby to repeat their performance of a new song by Stills, “You Don’t Have To Cry.” This time, Nash improvised a third part harmony. This is when the three realized they had a unique vocal chemistry, and the rest is history.

Becoming increasingly frustrated with The Hollies, Nash decided to quit the band and work with Crosby and Stills. After failing an audition with Apple Records, the trio were signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Erteguün, who was a fan of Buffalo Springfield and disappointed the band split up. Right from the beginning, the trio decided not to be locked into a group structure. They used their surnames as identification to ensure they would remain independent and guarantee that the band could not continue without any one of them, unlike The Byrds and The Hollies. The three hired a management team of Elliot Roberts and David Geffen, who got them signed to Atlantic. Roberts kept the band focused while Geffen handled the business deals.

Stills was already under contract with Atlantic Records through Buffalo Springfield. Crosby had been released from his Byrds’ contract with Columbia, as he was considered unimportant and difficult to work with. Nash, however, was still signed to Epic Records through The Hollies. Ertegün worked out a deal with Clive Davis of Epic to essentially trade Nash to Atlantic for Richie Furay (also an ex-member of Buffalo Springfield) and his new band Poco.

In May 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled, debut album. It was a major hit, spawning two Top 40 hit singles and received tons of airplay on FM radio. With the exception of drums, which were handled by Dallas Taylor, Stills played the vast majority of the instrumental parts himself, leaving the band in need of additional personnel to be able to tour. After the release of this album, Neil Young was brought in, changing the name of the band to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (please see separate page for information on CSNY). CSN would reunite in 1976, where they would go on to release several other albums. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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From the 1969 album Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash

  • 49 Bye-Byes
  • Do For The Others [Bonus Track]
  • Guinnevere
  • Helplessly Hoping
  • Long Time Gone
  • Marrakesh Express
  • Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
  • Wooden Ships
  • You Don’t Have to Cry