The music world got here collectively Thursday to mourn singer David Crosby — identified for his work with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — after his dying at age 81.
Among these paying tribute on social media was Graham Nash, who was a part of the folk-rock quartet with Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. In an Instagram put up, Nash shared information of his longtime collaborator’s dying and mirrored on their decades-long friendship.
“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,” Nash wrote. The guitarist shared a classic picture of his guitar case subsequent to a different that bore Crosby’s identify.
Nash continued: “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.”
The “Better Days” singer concluded his put up by sending like to Crosby’s household and “all of the people he has touched in this world.”
“He was without a question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius,” he wrote. “The glue that held us together as our vocals soared, like Icarus, towards the sun.”
He continued: “I am deeply saddened at his passing and shall miss him beyond measure.”
Also amongst these commenting Thursday had been Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson and singer Rosanne Cash, daughter of nation music legend Johnny Cash.
Wilson tweeted a photo of himself and a smiling Crosby and mirrored on the singer’s loss.
“I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken to hear about David Crosby,” he wrote. “David was an unbelievable talent — such a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I just am at a loss for words. Love & Mercy to David’s family and friends.”
“I can’t begin to say how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash were for me,” Cash mentioned in her Twitter post. “I’m grateful David Crosby lived, and so very sad he’s gone.”
Grammy winner Jason Isbell said on Twitter he was “grateful for the time we had with David Crosby.”
“We’ll miss him a lot,” he wrote.
Texas singer Christopher Cross remembered his pal, who had a “big influence on me,” in an Instagram put up.
“[Crosby] left an indelible signature on music that has inspired many artists and will continue to do so forever,” he captioned a photograph of him and the late singer on a ship. “Smooth sailing, my friend.”
E Street Band’s Stevie Van Zandt wrote on Twitter that Crosby — alongside Bob Dylan the Beach Boys, The Who and extra — helped create “the Artform of Rock.”
“[They] showed future generations like us what was possible,” he mentioned. “We owe him, and them, everything.”
Amoeba Music and long-time Los Angeles music incubator Whisky a Go Go celebrated Crosby’s life on their social media accounts.
Also paying tribute on social media had been music program “Austin City Limits,” the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, The Avett Brothers, The Doors, comic and podcast host Marc Maron and musician Jacob Collier
Actor Christina Applegate additionally remembered Crosby and shared how she deliberate to commemorate his life.
“Tonight at 7pm PST my friends and neighborhood will howl and then blast CSN to honor this beautiful soul and legend,” she wrote. “If you do this, please send me videos RIP David Crosby!! We love you.”
See extra tributes to Crosby beneath.