My Legends of Pop Music – Part Fifty-Two – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

If get this right, there will be many cover versions by future bands. I shall try and link live versions if they exist from the tellybox or a film, the sound quality may not be the best, but there is nothing like watching a real talent live.

This week CSNY, who produced some excellent tunes.  I shall not forgive Graham Nash for leaving one of the best bands at the time, The Hollies, but hey-ho, we all move on from time to time.  They often had big arguments between themselves, not unsurprising as they all have egos to match their talent.

The featured track is Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach Your Children – From March 1991 at the Golden Gate Park.

Official members

  • David Crosby– lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar (1968–1970, 1973–2015)
  • Stephen Stills– lead and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion (1968–1970, 1973–2015)
  • Graham Nash– lead and backing vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar (1968–1970, 1973–2015)
  • Neil Young– backing and lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica (1969–1970, 1973–1974, 1986–1988, 1991, 1999–2006, 2013)

Courtesy of Wiki: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) were a folk rock supergroup made up of American singer-songwriters David Crosby and Stephen Stills, and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash. When joined by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young as a fourth member, they are called Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY). They are noted for their lasting influence on American music and culture, and for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, and political activism.

CSN formed in 1968 shortly after Crosby, Stills and Nash performed together informally in July of that year, discovering they harmonized well. Crosby had been asked to leave the Byrds in late 1967, and Stills’ band Buffalo Springfield had broken up in early 1968; Nash left his band the Hollies in December, and by early 1969 the trio had signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Their first album, Crosby, Stills & Nash, was released in May 1969, from which came two Top 40 hits, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (No. 21) and “Marrakesh Express” (No. 28). In order to tour the album, the trio hired drummer Dallas Taylor and session bassist Greg Reeves, though they still needed a keyboardist; Ahmet Ertegun suggested Neil Young, who had played with Stills in Buffalo Springfield, and after some initial reluctance, the trio agreed, signing him on as a full member. The band, now named Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, started their tour, and played their second gig at the Woodstock festival in the early morning hours of August 18, 1969. The first album with Young, Déjà Vu, reached number one in several international charts in 1970, and remains their best-selling album, going on to sell over 8 million copies with three hit singles: “Woodstock“, “Teach Your Children“, and “Our House“. The group’s second tour, which produced the live double album 4 Way Street (1971), was fraught with arguments between Young and Taylor, which resulted in Taylor being replaced by John Barbata, and tensions with Stills, which resulted in his being temporarily dismissed from the band. At the end of the tour the band split up. The group have since reunited several times, sometimes with and sometimes without Young, and have released eight studio and four live albums.

Crosby, Stills & Nash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and all three members were also inducted for their work in other groups: Crosby for the Byrds; Stills for Buffalo Springfield; and Nash for the Hollies. Neil Young has also been inducted as a solo artist and as a member of Buffalo Springfield but not as a member of CSN. They have not made a group studio album since 1999’s Looking Forward, and have been inactive as a performing unit since the end of 2015. Whether or not this break is permanent remains to be seen, as the group has often been inactive for years at a time.

Discography: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Marrakesh Express & Blackbird Woodstock 1969

Crosby Stills and Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Live 2012

Crosby, Stills, Nash –  Woodstock 1971

CSNY – Ohio – Live at Wembley, I think 1974

Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Got it made live

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ~ Our House (1970)

Crosby, Stills & Nash (Live) – Just A Song Before I Go

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Southern Cross – 1988 – Oakland Coliseum Arena

They were much more of a live performance and album group, rather than singles, so just a few of the ones I really like.

Singalong, enjoy and be happy!

Links to previous Legend articles:

1-Buddy Holly 2-Elvis Presley 3-Everly brothers 4-Cliff Richard 5-Joe Brown
6-Gerry and the Pacemakers 7-Roy Orbison 8-The Seekers 9-The Hollies 10-The Rolling Stones
11-Beach Boys 12-The Monkees 13-Rod Stewart 14-T-Rex 15-Slade
16-10CC 17-Pussycat 18-The Kinks 19-Blondie 20-Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music
21-David Bowie 22-Meatloaf 23-The Temptations 24-Dusty Springfield 25-Fleetwood Mac
26-Gilbert O’Sullivan 27-The Four Tops 28-Chas ‘n’ Dave 29-Diana Ross and The Supremes 30-Status Quo
31-Jim Reeves 32-The Small Faces 33-The Doobie Brothers 34-Manfred Mann 35-Creedence Clearwater Revival
36-Otis Redding 37-Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 38-Squeeze 39-Duran Duran 40-Dire Straits
41-Chuck Berry 42-Thin Lizzy 43-ABBA 44-Carole King 45-Queen
46-Rod Stewart 47-Madness 48-Showaddywaddy 49-Pet Shop Boys 50-The Moody Blues
51-The Rat Pack 52-Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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