IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY–DECEMBER 8, 1968–GRAHAM NASH LEAVES THE HOLLIES TO JOIN UP WITH DAVID CROSBY AND STEPHEN STILLS IN NEW BAND

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It was fifty years ago today- December 8, 1968 singer Graham Nash of The Hollies left the group to join forces with David Crosby- formerly of The Byrds and Stephen Stills formerly of Buffalo Springfield to form the supergroup that would be known as Crosby, Stills and Nash{  Over the years on  three of their eight albums- the great Neil Young has slummed and been a part of this band making it Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.} I know I am in a minority here- but I have always been very lukewarm about Crosby, Stills and Nash. They were ‘alright’ but I never got the big hubbub over them. They did fit well into the early 70’s laid back singer-songwriter era of mostly mellow music but I myself never thought of them as great. Maybe I am missing something here.  I am predicting a farewell tour sometime soon if Crosby is up to it. One more cash grab from the aging hippies. Anyway today 50 years ago Graham Nash left The Hollies to join up and their first album- Crosby, Stills and Nash would be released in May 1969 and in August of 1969- their second concert performance was at a place called Woodstock.

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20 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY–DECEMBER 8, 1968–GRAHAM NASH LEAVES THE HOLLIES TO JOIN UP WITH DAVID CROSBY AND STEPHEN STILLS IN NEW BAND

  1. The first two albums made their core of songs they all still perform. Graham’s book really did a number on Crosby’s relationship with Graham. I don’t know why…Crosby came out better than I thought he would in Graham’s book. He has 9 lives at least.

    I like the hits.

  2. I know 4-way street, Deja Vu, and So Far? I have 4-way Street. Are the other 2 worth anything? I watched a doc on the group not all that long ago and it talked about what a druggie Crosby was. It also portrayed Neil Young as rather flaky and undependable. Graham has a great voice and some pretty good solo music. It’s weird how these bands change up all of the time. Must be because they are so sensitive.

  3. They only have had 8 studio albums in nearly 50 years.. I’d say the first three albums- Crosby, Stills and Nash/ Deja Vu and CSN are the best ones.

  4. Interesting perspective. I’m sure glad they discovered their collective sound and made a few records. I love a lot of their songs, but not the individual personalities portrayed in their memoirs. I wish I hadn’t read Graham’s memoir. I enjoyed their live concerts, but am glad they’ve now gone their separate ways. Stills is doing his own thing and collaborating with Judy, and if CSN staying apart is the reason for that, long may it continue.

    • It always seemed like their relationships got as much attention as their music. I saw them in concert in the 1990s- at a large arena that wasn’t even 1/3rd filled. Never been to another one like that- attendance wise where there were so many empty seats.

    • Wow, that would leave a different impression for sure. I’ve seen them 3 times in 3 different decades; substantially similar show each time (they only have so many songs), and always in a full venue. Maybe it is a regional thing. Two of the venues were smaller–maybe 2500 seats. But a good vibe. I’ve seen Graham’s solo show, and enjoyed it in spite of my dislike for the person. He is definitely a talented guy.

    • Have you ever seen the concert film- No Nukes from around 1980? I remember wanting to climb up on the movie screen and punch Graham Nash in the face he was so annoying. I recall two things about that film- how annoying Graham Nash was and hearing Bruce Springsteen sing “The River” for the first time which blew me away… I guess that concert I saw CSN at- they were overestimating their appeal- it was at a hockey arena that could probably seat 20,000 for a concert. I bet there were 5000 there. Needed a smaller venue. It wasn’t a bad concert though. David Crosby seems to be having a late life resurgence- his last few albums have been very critically acclaimed including a very recent one.

    • I don’t think I ever watched the full No Nukes film. I remember the hype at the time. I can’t watch anything those guys do, except when they are just singing. Way too much preaching, not enough doing. Graham’s book was like that too. Part memoir, part political manifesto. The memoir made me dislike him; the manifesto made me a sucker for buying the book. I’m not a fan of Croz’s music. He’s sure a talented collaborator, though. The hockey arena sounds completely wrong for their music. I don’t think I would have enjoyed that empty or full. No wonder it left you with a bad taste.

    • I haven’t heard the latest Crosby album but have the other two- they are pretty good. I like you am not a big fan of his music though. Interesting career though. He seems to turn up everywhere. I don’t know how he lived past 40. Must be good genes.

  5. I was in high school with 3 guys who thought they were them. They were even more annoying than the real CSN. They sang Suite: Judy Blue Eyes on the bus so many times I wanted to jump out the window.

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