Crosby & Nash Biography

Formed in 1972 by David Crosby (14 August 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Graham Nash (b. 2 February 1942, Blackpool, Lancashire, England), this highly successful duo was an offshoot of the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Initially, they specialized in intimate all-acoustic shows characterized by stoned anecdotes and inspired vocals. Fresh from the concert floor, they recorded Graham Nash/David Crosby which included some of their best work, most notably Nash’s ‘Immigration Man’ and Crosby’s superb question and answer songs, ‘Where Will I Be?’ and ‘Page 43’. It was three years before the CSN&Y wheel of fortune again brought together Crosby And Nash as a recording duo. After appearing on albums by Neil Young, James Taylor and Carole King, they reactivated their partnership, switched from Atlantic Records to ABC Records and set about recording Wind On The Water. Released in 1975, the album was a solid set with Crosby particularly strong on the autobiographical ‘Carry Me’ and the a cappella choral ‘Critical Mass’. An extensive tour found them using videos sanctioned by Greenpeace to highlight the plight of the whale. The following year the less satisfying Whistling Down The Wire was released and the duo recorded a live album featuring an extended jazz version of Crosby’s ‘Déja Vu’.

A Crosby, Stills And Nash reunion was followed by solo projects and drug problems for Crosby. Following his release from jail, Crosby announced in 1989 that he and Nash were recording and planning to tour. Instead, Stills returned again, and in 1992 the trio was singing together, immaculately. Surprisingly Crosby and Nash’s debut did not receive a proper CD reissue until 2000, and even then it was still not generally available in their homeland. The release of the excellent early 70s live recording Another Stoney Evening rekindled interest in a partnership which has always put its duties with Crosby, Stills And Nash or Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young first. The duo reunited in 2004 to record their first collection of new material in over 25 years. The double album would have made a credible single album. It is encouraging to see them writing plenty of new material but the project could have benefited from a good quality control editor.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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