The music world came together Thursday to mourn singer David Crosby, known for his work with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, after his death at age 81.
Among those who paid tribute on social media was Graham Nash, who was part of the folk-rock quartet with Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. In an Instagram post, Nash shared the news of his former collaborator’s death and reflected on their decades-long friendship.
“I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and I more than anything else was the sheer joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered together and the deep friendship we shared over all these long years,” Nash wrote. The guitarist shared an old photo of his guitar case alongside another named Crosby.
Nash continued: “David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves a tremendous void of personality and talent in this world. He expressed his mind, his heart and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves behind an incredible legacy. These are the things that matter most.”
The “Better Days” singer concluded his post by sending love to the Crosby family and “everyone he has touched in this world.”
“He was without doubt a musical giant, and his harmonic sensibility was nothing short of genius,” he wrote. “The glue that held us together as our voices rose, like Icarus, towards the sun.”
He continued: “I am deeply saddened by his passing and will miss him beyond measure.”
Also speaking Thursday were Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson and singer Rosanne Cash, daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash.
wilson tweeted a photo of himself and a smiling Crosby and reflected on the loss of the singer.
“I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken to hear about David Crosby,” he wrote. “David was an incredible talent, a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I am speechless. Love and Mercy to David’s family and friends.”
“I can’t begin to say how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash were to me,” Cash said in his post on Twitter. “I am grateful that David Crosby lived, and very sad that he is gone.”
grammy winner jason isbell said on Twitter he was “grateful for the time we spent with David Crosby.”
“He will be greatly missed,” she wrote.
Texas singer Christopher Cross recalled his friend, who had a “huge influence on me,” in an Instagram post.
“[Crosby] he left an indelible signature on music that has inspired many artists and will continue to do so forever,” he wrote alongside a photo of himself and the late singer on a boat. “Navigate calmly, my friend.”
The E Street Band’s Stevie Van Zandt wrote on Twitter that Crosby, along with Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, The Who and more, helped create “the art form of rock.”
“[They] it showed future generations like us what was possible,” he said. “We owe him, and them, everything.”
amoeba music and longtime Los Angeles music incubator Whiskey a Go Go celebrated Crosby’s life on their social media accounts.
They also paid tribute on social networks to the musical program “Austin city limits,”The Smashing Pumpkins’ billy corgan, The Avett brothers, The doorscomedian and podcast host marc maron and musician Jacob Collier
Actress Christina Applegate also remembered Crosby and shared how she planned to commemorate his life.
“Tonight at 7pm PST my friends and neighborhood will howl and then blast CSN to honor this beautiful soul and legend.” she wrote. “If you do this, please send me RIP David Crosby videos! We love you.”
See more Crosby tributes below.