Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby passed away January 19 at age 81. After leaving The Byrds, Crosby was a founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash who released their self-titled debut album in 1969 and performed at Woodstock that August with a new fourth member Neil Young. Crosby, Stills & Nash’s debut album included the songs “Wooden Ships,” which Crosby co-wrote with Stephen Stills and Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner, and a pair of songs where Crosby was the sole composer, “Guinnevere” and “Long Time Gone.”
When Goldmine spoke with Crosby for his final interview with us last month, we discussed “Guinnevere” as it was included on his new BMG CD/DVD package Live at The Capitol Theatre by David Crosby & the Lighthouse Band.
We also spoke briefly about “Long Time Gone” but excluded it from that article, as it was not part of the new live album. Crosby said, “’Long Time Gone’ is a good old workhorse of a song. I love it, but it’s simple. I have often included it in my shows because it is a rocker.”
“Long Time Gone” served as the flip side of the highest charting single for the trio’s debut album, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Crosby also sang “Long Time Gone” at Woodstock along with “Guinnevere” and “Wooden Ships.”
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Fabulous Flip Side: Long Time Gone
A side: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Billboard Hot 100 debut: October 4, 1969
Peak position: No. 21
“’Long Time Gone’ is a good old workhorse of a song. I love it, but it’s simple. I have often included it in my shows because it is a rocker.” – David Crosby
Crosby is survived by his wife Jan and his children.
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