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David Van Cortlandt Crosby August 14, 1941 – January 18, 2023, was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter.
In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Crosby joined the Byrds in 1964. They had their first number-one hit in April 1965 with a cover of “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan.
Crosby appeared on the Byrds’ first five albums and produced the original lineup’s 1973 reunion album. He subsequently formed Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968 with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.
After the release of their debut album, CSN won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1969.
Neil Young joined the group for live appearances, their second concert being Woodstock, before recording their second album Déjà Vu.
Meant to be a group that could collaborate freely, Crosby & Nash recorded three gold albums in the 1970s, while the core trio of CSN remained active from 1976 until 2016. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young CSNY reunions took place in each decade from the 1970s through the 2000s.
David Crosby Children: Meet all Six Children
David Crosby Children: Throughout addition to his two adopted children, one kid who was reared by her mother, one child he had with his wife, Jan Dance, and two children for whom he donated sperm for friends, Crosby had six biological children in his lifetime.
David Crosby’s first child, James Raymond, was put up for adoption by David’s previous girlfriend.
David received a call from James in 1994, just before Django Crosby was born and as he was waiting for a new liver as a result of his years of drug abuse.
Since then, David’s narrative describes meeting James as forgiving and grateful for the opportunity to speak with his father.
He said: “He eased me through it. He knew that I wanted him to love me, that I loved him, and that I felt bad for being there and parenting him.”
Fortunately, James was a skilled musician as well.
They later joined together to form the band Crosby, Pevar, and Raymond.
Additionally, James’ daughter Grace (David’s first granddaughter) is now a musician, and she takes after both her father and her grandfather.
Additionally, Erika Keller was given up for adoption.
Erika was born in 1966 to David’s former girlfriend Jackie Guthrie.
Until her son underwent surgery to have a kidney removed and the doctors inquired about his genetic history, she claimed she had given up trying to locate her birth parents.
She initially located her mother by snooping around the early internet chat rooms because she had no idea who her father would be.
Erika had three children while living in Mexico City, bringing the total number of David’s grandchildren to four.
With her husband Alex, she relocated to Florida, and David praised her for being a “strong, hardworking woman.”
Additionally, he said to Fox News in 2019: “Erika is a great mother of three children who reside in Florida.
Django Crosby: 1994
Django Crosby was David and his wife Jan’s miracle baby.
He was born after Jan underwent years of infertility treatments and as he husband was facing the need for a new liver.
In his father’s memoir, Django, then eleven years old, said: “I’ve got the best parents in the world. For me.
Other kids’ parents are good, and they’re probably the best to them. Every person has their own perception of the best.”
It’s very different for different people.”
“My mom and dad are very kind, very loving, and always there for me when I get hurt or something happens to me.”
David expressed how much he loved finally being a real father to a child but wondered what it would be like if he’d seen certain milestones through with his first three children.
Bailey Jean Cypher: 1997
Bailey Cypher was born in 1997 to her mothers, David’s friends Melissa Etheridge and her then-partner Julie Cypher.
Bailey is a brilliant young woman with two degrees from NYU – both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees are from the prestigious school.
On her Instagram on January 19, 2023, she paid a tribute to her late biological father with a post of him playing guitar and a caption that read: “Rest easy Croz. Thank you for the tunes, the dimples, and the love 🤍”
Beckett Cypher: 1998
Bailey’s younger brother, Beckett, was also conceived using David as a sperm donor to the former couple.
He tragically died in May 2020, when he was only 21 years old.
Beckett’s mother candidly shared that he had struggled with opiate addiction and that he had succumbed to the addiction.