Andre Gardner

David Crosby performed live at the 'Friends of the Dream Foundation', a tribute to Jan and David Crosby, presented by Nexxus Products Co. The Dream Foundation is a national organization which grants final wishes to terminally ill adults. The benefit was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, Ca. 9/28/00. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.

David Crosby, who died this week at the age of 81, had a sweet, melodic tenor voice that served him well in The Byrds and CSN(Y). But did you know his harmony vocals appear on many songs not associated with Crosby’s former bands? Here are 8 examples:

  • Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne

    Crosby’s harmony blends perfectly with Jackson’s on the latter’s 1972 debut single.

  • Cage The Songbird - Elton John

    David’s bandmate Graham Nash joins him on this pretty song from Sir Elton John’s Blue Moves double album from 1976. They’re also on the track “The Wide Eyed And Laughing” from the same album.

  • Hold My Hand - Hootie And The Blowfish

    That’s David on background vocals on the debut single off of Cracked Rear View.

  • Street Angel - Stevie Nicks

    The fifth studio album by Stevie Nicks came out in 1994, and you’ll hear Crosby on background vocals on the title track.

  • Breakaway - Art Garfunkel

    A brilliant album, Breakaway by Art Garfunkel added David Crosby’s wonderful tones to several songs, including the dreamy title track.


  • Free Man In Paris - Joni Mitchell

    Joni Mitchell wrote this song about the president of her record label, David Geffen, and it’s both Crosby and Nash accompanying her on vocals.

  • Nothing Like A Hundred Miles - James Taylor

    Not one of Taylor’s more well-known tracks, this pretty track features David Crosby and Graham Nash on unmistakable background vocals.

  • Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins

    This powerful Phil Collins solo single went all the way to #1 in the U.S., and the background vocals David laid down behind Phil are just gorgeous.

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