Graham Nash, whose voice melded perfectly with those of David Crosby and Stephen Stills in one of the best folk-rock trios of their era, remembered his late bandmate Crosby today.
“It is with a deep and profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed,” Nash said on Facebook. ” I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years. David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world. He spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are the things that matter most. My heart is truly with his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all of the people he has touched in this world.”
Nash, Crosby and Stephen Stills initially met in 1966 when Nash, then in the band The Hollies, was on a U.S. tour. The three reunited at a now nearly-mythic party at the Laurel Canyon home of Cass Elliott. Nash soon left the Hollies to for Crosby and Stills in 1968. (A year later, Neil Young began and off and on collaboration with the trio as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
In recent years, long-standing friction between Crosby and his bandmates reached a boiling point, with Crosby alienated from the other three.