A Grammy-winning singer and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, David Crosby is one of those people who can actually claim to have done it all. He is a singer and songwriter who has had a very great career thus far, both as a solo singer and member of the bands Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Since he started his career in the 1960s, he has attained great heights in his musical journey with more than 10 albums and many awards to show for his efforts. On a personal level, he has also endured tragedies and fought some personal battles which include drug addiction and legal issues.
David Crosby – Biography, Age
Even though he is popular as David Crosby, the American singer was actually born David Van Cortlandt Crosby on August 14, 1941, in Los Angeles, California. As his name rightly suggests, he is from the popular Van Cortlandt family through his mother, Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead. His father, Floyd Crosby was a famous Academy Award-winning cinematographer.
Of Dutch descent, he was brought up together with an older brother who was also a musician named Ethan Crosby. While he was growing up, he went to different schools such as the University Elementary School, Crane Country Day School, and Laguna Blanca School in Los Angeles, Montecito, and Santa Barbara respectively. From Laguna Blanca, he moved to Cate School in Carpinteria where he completed his secondary education.
Crosby was not the best kid in terms of academic achievements but he was very talented when it came to music. Thus, when he went to Santa Barbara City College where he had hoped to get a drama degree, he soon dropped out so as to give his complete attention to his musical career.
After leaving school, Crosby joined Terry Callier and together, they were off to New York. In 1964, he founded The Byrds with Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark but left the band in 1967, though he later returned. Other bands that he became a part of include Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crosby & Nash, and CPR. More so, he also pursued a solo career.
In 1971, he released his debut solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name and it was followed by Oh Yes I Can (1989), Thousand Roads (1993), and Croz (2014). He has other albums with his different bands. His first album with Crosby, Stills & Nash which was released in 1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash, earned him a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Wife and Children
In the relationship arena, David Crosby has been quite a busy man. Before meeting Jan Dance who is his wife, the singer has dated a number of women in the past. He dated Christine Hinton for some time, as well as Debbie Donovan and Canadian singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell.
From his many relationships, Crosby has a number of children, including James Raymond who was birthed to him in 1962 and was placed for adoption. As an adult, the kid would later reunite with his father. Crosby’s other children are Erika whose mother is Jackie Guthrie, Donovan Crosby who was born by an ex-girlfriend named Debbie Donovan and then there’s Django Crosby who was born by his wife Jan Dance.
For more than five decades, David Crosby been involved in music and has come to achieve a lot. He has sold millions of his albums all over the world and has had very successful shows. More so, he has many awards to his name.
Crosby has a net worth that has been estimated at $40 million US dollars. It is from his musical career that he made the larger chunk of his fortune.
1. In 1960, the parents of the singer ended their marriage following a divorce and so, his father later got married to Betty Andrews Crosby.
2. As regards his education, David Crosby did not find it very smooth. He struggled so much that when he was at Crane Country, he was told not to return even though he displayed great musical talent and had appeared in a number of musicals.
3. The main person that influenced him into music was his older brother who also taught him how to play the guitar. Unfortunately, Ethan Crosby killed himself in 1997.
4. Apart from music, he has been involved in politics and business. He has also made guest appearances in a number of TV shows.
5. Crosby has battled drug addiction and alcohol issues. He has been arrested for possession of drugs, drunken driving, a case of hit-and-run, illegal possession of arms and much more.