David Van Cortlandt Crosby (Los Angeles, 14 agosto 1941) è un chitarrista e cantautore statunitense, inserito per due volte nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nel 1991 assieme agli altri membri dei Byrds e nel 1997 assieme a Stephen Stills e Graham Nash.
David Crosby è figlio di Floyd Crosby, un apprezzato direttore della fotografia statunitense. Inizialmente frequentò una scuola di arte drammatica, che però lasciò per intraprendere la carriera di musicista e inserirsi nell’ambiente del Greenwich Village. Fu membro dei Les Baxter Balladeers ai quali aveva partecipato anche Bob Dylan. La sua prima sessione da solista risale al 1963.
David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN, who are sometimes joined by Neil Young as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young [CSNY]); and CPR.
Crosby has been depicted as emblematic of the counterculture.
Musically, he wrote or co-wrote Lady Friend, Why, and Eight Miles High with the Byrds and Guinnevere, Wooden Ships, Shadow Captain, and In My Dreams with Crosby, Stills & Nash. He wrote Almost Cut My Hair, and the title track Déjà Vu for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s 1970 debut. He is known for his use of alternate tuning, and jazz influence (notably on Eight Miles High, Wooden Ships, Déjà Vu and with his group CPR).
Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once for his work in The Byrds and once for his work with CSN.
David Crosby was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents were Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead (a descendent of the prominent Van Cortlandt family) and Floyd Crosby, an Academy Award–winning cinematographer and descendent of the Van Rensselaer family. He is also the younger brother of musician Ethan Crosby. Growing up in California, he attended several schools, including the University Elementary School in Los Angeles, the Crane Country Day School in Montecito, andLaguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara for the rest of his elementary school and junior high. At Crane, he starred in HMS Pinafore and other musicals but was asked not to return due to lack of academic progress. He graduated from the Cate School in Carpinteria, completing his studies by correspondence. In 1960, his parents divorced, and his father remarried Betty Andrews Crosby.
Crosby also attended Santa Barbara City College. Originally, he was a drama student, but dropped out to pursue a career in music. He moved toward the same Greenwich Village scene (as a member of the Les Baxter‘s Balladeers) in which Bob Dylan participated, and even shared a mentor of Bob Dylan‘s in local scene favorite Fred Neil. With the help of producer Jim Dickson, Crosby recorded his first solo session in 1963.