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

By Emily Morenz
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.