"David Van Cortland Crosby" (born August 14, 1941) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is most well known for being a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY). Crosby is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work in the Byrds and CSN.
David Crosby was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents were Aliph Van Cortland Whitehead and Floyd Crosby, an Academy Award winning cinematographer. In 1960, when Crosby was 19, his parents divorced.
Originally, he was a drama student, but he dropped out of drama school to pursue a career in music. He moved toward the same Greenwich Village scene (as a member of the Les Baxter Balladeers) Bob Dylan participated in, and even shared a mentor of Dylan's in a local scene favorite Fred Neil. With the help of producer Jim Dickson, Crosby cut his first solo session in 1963.
Early in 1964, Crosby started performing in clubs with Roger McGuinn (then known as Jim) and Gene Clark under the name the Jet Set. They soon changed the name to the Byrds, and were joined by bassist Chris Hillman and drummer Michael Clarke (whom Crosby alledgedly discovered playing bongos on the beach)....