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David Crosby is a singer/songwriter who was a founding member of the 1960s Grammy-winning folk rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
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In August of 1969, the newly renamed Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played to half a million people at the landmark Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York. The following year, the group released their first studio collaboration, Déj Vu, which earned Gold Record status in less than a week. Despite, their overwhelming popularity, the band broke up that same year, citing creative differences.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s,
Crosby periodically reunited with the band members of his past. The reunions often yielded albums, including 1976's Whistling Down the Wire (with Graham Nash), 1982's Daylight Again (with Crosby, Stills and Nash), and 1989's American Dream (with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young).
Crosby accumulated multiple gold and platinum records during his career, which now spans over three decades. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on two separate occasions ?? in 1991 with the Byrds, and in 1997 with Crosby, Stills and Nash. However, Crosby's success was often overshadowed by his personal demons. Plagued by a lifelong battle with drugs, he was arrested for possession of cocaine in 1985. During his 11-month incarceration at Texas State Penitentiary, he underwent an intense detoxification and rehabilitation program.
In 1989, a clean and sober Crosby had a renewed determination to make music again, briefly reuniting with McGuinn and Hillman. The trio performed as the Byrds, and recorded four songs for The Byrds box set, which was released in 1990.
However, in 1995, Crosby's years of reckless living came back to haunt him. Partly due to his years of substance abuse, Crosby??s liver was severely deteriorated. Shortly after this dim prognosis, he received a desperately needed liver transplant, and has since completely recovered.
In 1987, Crosby married Jane Dance with whom he has one child, Django. He has a daughter Anne from a previous relationship with Debbie Donovan. Crosby recently discovered that he sired another son, James Raymond, from a brief relationship with an unnamed woman. Raymond is an accomplished musician who now plays in his father's new band, Crosby, Pevar and Raymond (CPR).
In 2000, Crosby made headlines when singer Melissa Etheridge revealed that he fathered (through artificial insemination) the two children she is raising with her partner, Julie Cypher.
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