Crosby, David (Van Cortlandt )
- Olivia Carter Mather
(Van Cortlandt )
(b Los Angeles, CA, Aug 14, 1941). American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and rock musician. The son of a cinematographer, he grew up in southern California. In the early 1960s he toured as a soloist and with the folk group Les Baxter’s Balladeers. In 1964 he founded the Jet Set with Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn; the trio became the Byrds, the with the addition of two members later that year. Crosby served as a guitarist, one of three lead vocalists, and the architect behind much of the band’s harmony singing. With his love of jazz and sitār, he helped the Byrds become one of the first bands to experiment with psychedelic rock, co-writing the band’s hit “Eight Miles High” (Columbia, 1966) before leaving them in 1967.
In 1968 Crosby produced Joni Mitchell’s debut album, one of the first projects in what became known as the Laurel Canyon sound. That year he also co-founded the folk rock supergroup ...