David Crosby 1941 – 2023

David Crosby with an extremely large joint

David Crosby, a singer and guitarist who played with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has passed away at 81. According to Slate:

The Croz, who died Thursday at the age of 81 following a “long illness,” embodied the rebellious, abrasive, creatively innovative spirit of late-’60s California as well as anyone of his time. As the co-founder of two of the greatest American rock bands—the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills & Nash (& sometimes Young)—Crosby played an indelible role in some of the most influential tunes of the folk-rock era: for the Byrds, songs like “Eight Miles High” and their covers of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” (both No. 1 hits), and for CSN(Y), tracks like “Guinnevere,” “Wooden Ships,” and “Almost Cut My Hair.” He also played with several other notable artists of the period, adding his jazzy six-string licks and vocal harmonies to recordings by James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Carole King, and onetime girlfriend Joni Mitchell (whose career took off because of Crosby, and who later broke up with his cheating ass by penning a song about it).

One of Rock’s great elder statesmen, Crosby had a long and prolific career. His last studio album, “For Free” was released in 2021, and was followed by a live album in 2022.

Jeff Beck 1945 – 2023

Jeff Beck onstage with a white fender stratocasterSad news today from the world of rock. <Guitar great Jeff Beck has passed away at the age of 78 from bacterial meningitis, per an announcement from his family:

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing, After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

Beck first became known in the mid-60s as a member of the group The Yardbirds, replacing Eric Clapton and playing alongside Jimmy Page. He then became a solo artist known for songs like “Because We Ended as Lovers,” “Love is Blue,” and “Beck’s Bolero.” He was greatly respected by his fellow guitarists. Loudwire has a collection of posts paying tribute to Beck.

One of the most touching tributes comes from friend and bandmate Jimmy Page, who wrote:

“The six-stringed Warrior is no longer here for us to admire the spell he could weave around our mortal emotions,” Page tweeted today. “Jeff could channel music from the ethereal. His technique was unique. His imaginations apparently limitless. Jeff I will miss you along with your millions of fans.”

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