Wednesday, June 3, 1970

Musical Artist - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young was (and to a certain extent still is) a supergroup comprised of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. The band is designated a "supergroup" because all four of the members were previously in other well-known groups: Stephen Stills and Neil Young were both part of the group Buffalo Springfield, Graham Nash was a member of the Hollies, and David Crosby spent time as a member of the Byrds. Originally formed in 1968 by Stills, Crosby, and Nash after an impromptu performance of You Don't Have to Cry, the band released one album as a trio, titled Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Because their first album had been recorded with Stephen Stills playing most of the instruments, the band needed additional members to perform live on tour. After some false starts, the band eventually elected to add Neil Young to the group very shortly before their made their second live performance in 1969 at the Woodstock music festival. The band performed a quartet until the group imploded in 1970, after which each member recorded well-received solo albums. They reunited in 1974 and then fell apart again, with Crosby and Nash singing a separate record deal as a duo. Eventually, Crosby, Stills, and Nash reunited in 1977 and have been working together off and on ever since.

Several members of the band have struggled with drug addiction, most notably David Crosby, who was arrested for multiple drug offenses before a short stint in prison that was followed by a very public rehabilitiation. Based upon a promise to Crosby should he clean up, Young rejoined the band in 1988 to make the album American Dream, but left soon thereafter. The band has continued to release albums despite members suffering from drug and health problems (including Crosby's 1994 liver transplant), although Young has not worked with the other three members for several years.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young is unique in that each of its members has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Crosby, Stills and Nash have all been inducted for their work with Crosby, Still, Nash, and Young. Crosby has also been inducted as a member of the Byrds, and Nash as a member of the Hollies. Both Stills and Young have been inducted as members of Buffalo Springfield, and Young has been inducted for his solo work. Oddly, Young has not been inducted for his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

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