David Van Cortlandt Crosby (August 14, 1941 – January 18, 2023) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He first found fame as a member of the Byrds, with whom he helped pioneer the genres of folk rock and psychedelia in the mid-1960s, and later as part of the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash, who helped popularize the “California sound” of the 1970s. In addition to his music, Crosby was known for his outspoken personality, politics, and personal troubles; he was sometimes depicted as emblematic of the counterculture of the 1960s. Crosby died on January 18, 2023, at the age of 81. Believing he was “probably going to die fairly soon”, Crosby had planned his funeral at least three years prior to his death, to be held at his horse ranch in Santa Ynez, California, in hopes that he would be reconciled with his former Byrds and CSN bandmates so that they would attend.

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