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One of the most influential rock singers of the CSNY, David Crosby of the 1960s and 70s, has died at the age of 81. 

He was a founding member of the two CSNY rock groups that defined one of the good sides of country music and wrote the hit single “Eight Miles High.” 

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of both bands. Crosby stood out for his unusual vocal harmonies, complex open guitar tone, and sharp songwriting. Their work with the Byrds and CSN/CSNY fused rock and folk in a new way, and became part of the soundtrack of the hippie era. 

A 2014 article in Rolling Stone magazine, however, labeled him “rock’s least likely survivor” as his life was nothing but turbulent and included a serious motorcycle accident, the death of a girlfriend, and a battle with hepatitis C and diabetes.

The turbulent singer songwriter told Time magazine in 2006: “I was right about citizenship. I was right about human rights. I was right, peace is better than war… But I think we dug a hole in the ground about drugs and not knowing our ex and it bit us hard.” 

Crosby was born on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles and belonged to an affluent family. His father won a Golden Globe for the 1952 film ‘High Noon’, and his mother introduced him to the folk group ‘The Weavers’ and classical music.

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