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Crosby Stills & Nash

Initially formed by the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, the genesis of the group lies in two 1960s rock bands, The Byrds and The Hollies, and the demise of a third, Buffalo Springfield. Friction existed between David Crosby and his bandmates in the Byrds, and he was dismissed from the Byrds in the fall of 1967.

By early 1968, Buffalo Springfield had also disintegrated over personal issues, and after aiding in putting together the band’s final album, Stephen Stills found himself unemployed by the summer. He and Crosby began meeting informally and jamming, the results of one encounter in Florida on Crosby’s schooner being the song “Wooden Ships,” composed in collaboration with another guest, Paul Kantner.

Graham Nash had been introduced to Crosby when the Byrds had toured the UK in 1966, and when the Hollies ventured to California in 1968, Nash resumed his acquaintance with Crosby. At a party, Nash asked Stills and Crosby to repeat their performance of a new song by Stills, “You Don't Have To Cry,” with Nash improvising a second harmony part. The vocals jelled, and the three realized that they had a unique vocal chemistry....
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Studio albums

Crosby, Stills & Nash
Atlantic
1969

Déjà Vu
Atlantic
1970

CSN
Atlantic
1977

Daylight Again
Atlantic
1982

American Dream
1988

Live It Up
Atlantic
1990

After The Storm
Atlantic
1994

Looking Forward
Reprise
1999

Live albums

4 Way Street
Atlantic
1971

Allies
Atlantic
1983
(out of print)

Déjà Vu Live
Reprise
2008

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CSNY/ Deja Vu Live
Warner Bros. (2008)

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