How Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Arose From The Byrds, Hollies And Buffalo Springfield

By | April 2, 2021

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Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young pose for a composite publicity photo circa 1970. The Neil Young image is by Henry Diltz. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's perfect harmonies, heard in songs such as "Woodstock," "Helpless," and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," belie the group's chaotic and unharmonious beginnings. The four band members were a collection of rock refugees who'd seen great success with their former bands -- Neil Young and Stephen Stills with Buffalo Springfield, David Crosby with The Byrds, and Graham Nash with The Hollies. The individual instrumental and songwriting talent from each musician is what contributed to one of the most brilliant supergroups of all time.

David Crosby Was Fired From The Byrds

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David Crosby had been playing guitar for psychedelic folk rock sensations The Byrds since 1964. However, the band was growing tired of his ego and his control of their creative direction, which was causing tensions to increase. Crosby was very passionate about politics and, against The Byrds’ wishes, he would give speeches about JFK’s assasnation and the benefits of LSD between performances at their concerts. In 1967, Crosby got booted out of The Byrds as they could no longer stand his antics and felt he wasn’t even that essential for the band. Crosby would soon prove the rest of his old mates seriously wrong.