Crosby, Stills & Nash









Crosby, Stills & Nash

had a strong association with the 1960's counterculture known as the Woodstock Nation. They are also referred to as CSN or CSNY which is just their initials. The group consists of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash and sometimes Neil Young. Crosby had previously played with the Byrds but was dismissed from the group in 1967. Stills had previously played for Buffalo Springfield and found himself out of work in 1968. He and Crosby began jamming together Nash was a former part of the Hollies so when they got acquainted, the three got together and did a rehash of Still’s song, You Don’t Have To Cry, and found out that they could vocalize well together. This was the beginning of what came to be a long and lasting friendship and successful career.

The first album released by Crosby, Stills, & Nash in 1969 was a big hit immediately. The album spawned two Top 40 hit singles. The songs received a lot of air time on the FM radio format. FM radio was fairly new at that time. Dallas Taylor was the bands drummer and Stills handled most of the instrumental parts but when they were ready to go on tour, they realized they needed help with the instrument playing.CSN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Crosby had also been inducted as a member of the Bryds, and Stills was inducted also as a member of Buffalo Springfield. Young has been inducted for his solo work for Buffalo Springfield but was not inducted with CSN.

In 1972, the group had a very successful year. Young had a good year for solo songs. Nash joined Young and recorded Young’s song, War Song. Stills got together with an ex-Byrd, Chris Hillman and released a double album. In June and July of 1973 the four men got back together on an album called Human Highway. The group began bickering as before and ended up splitting up again. From 1973 to 1976, the only disc that took recognition was, Wind On The Water, an album by Crosby and Nash. Stills had suffered from drug use and a collapsed marriage so he was out of the group for a while. The return of the trio was after Stills met the pair in one of their concerts in Los Angeles. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young set out in 2006 on their, Freedom of Speech, tour in support of Young’s album, Living With War.