Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Judy Blue Eyes

CROSBY STILLS & NASH (and sometimes) YOUNG, evolved out of the demise of other groups in 1968. When David Crosby left the BYRDS, Stephen Stills' band, The Buffalo Springfield, fell apart (Neil Young was also a member) and Graham Nash felt like his Brit Band the Hollies had gone as far as it could.

Graham had met David when the Byrds toured England, and headed to L.A. where the musical action was at the time. One night at Joni Mitchell's house in Laurel Canyon Graham renewed his friendship with David, and asked to sing harmonies with David and Stephen who were working on new material.

Folks who were there say that the melding of the three voices was magical; they knew it and a new Super Group was born. So they started writing and rehearsing to form a new kind of vocal group with tight harmonies doing a mixture of folk and rock. Neil Young came and went, Stills didn't think people would like Neil's voice and restricted him from singing lead, at least for a while.

Then in 1969 still working out the kinks, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played a festival in Woodstock, New York, they had no idea what they were getting into. Walking on stage and seeing all their industry peers watching Stills said, "This is only our second live show and we're scared shitless." The hour long set blew away the crowd and the bystanders and suddenly they were Rock Stars.

There's miles of history from that day on, some of it pretty tawdry, but I prefer to present them back then, when they were fresh, their voices strong, and their brotherhood sound. And in that vain I've chosen to show a great film clip with pristine sound of CS&Y Live in Concert in the early 70's, doing Stephen Stills' ode to Judy Collins: SUITE JUDY BLUE EYES. Watch Stephen Stills guitar virtuosity. @therealdonrocks

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