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David Crosby: The singer and guitarist dies at the age of 81

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American singer and guitarist David Crosby has died aged 81.

One of the most influential rock singers of the 1960s and 1970s, Crosby co-founded two influential bands – The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of both bands.

In a statement given to Variety, Crosby’s wife Jan said: “It is with great sadness after a long illness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby passed away. He was surrounded with love by his wife. and soul mate Jan and his son Django.

“Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and good humor will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will live on through his legendary music.

“Peace, love and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched.

“We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to come to terms with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”

Born in Los Angeles in 1941, Crosby was the son of Oscar-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby’s father.

He dropped out of college to pursue a recording contract, originally as a duo alongside soul and folk singer Terry Callier, who would go on to pursue his own successful career in music.

While spending time with Callier in New York, Crosby met his future bandmates from The Byrds, Roger McGinn, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke and Chris Hillman.

The band enjoyed huge success with a cover of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man, which reached number one on the UK and US charts.

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