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Chris Hillman - 2018
He is perhaps one of the greatest harmony singers of all time - is that he had a jazz background. Those harmonies and vocals are much different than folk. David just has a great voice.
Chris Hillman - Mojo Magazine Classic 2009
We were on tour with The Byrds in 1965 and David was going on and on about the sitar - about how it used sliding scales, it had no frets, and all that. So I said, 'Listen to this', and I hit the radio until I found a Nashville station, and some steel guitar. David exploded. He said, 'I hate that corny, stupid shit'. And then four years later he's got Jerry Garcia playing pedal steel on Teach Your Children. But that's David: he's the archetypal bad boy.
Chris Hillman - Triste 2003
As far as Crosby - oh, gosh you know I think David's greatest strength in music is his beautiful voice. I don't know: the songs he writes are okay, but they're not really something I can relate to, you know what I'm saying? But he is possessed of the most beautiful voices in music. He's something like Freddie Mercury, you know, in that he had a wonderful voice. Crosby has that, almost, operatic tenor about him. He is the guy that enhances everybody else in their performance.
Roger McGuinn - Vincent Flanders 1969
Roger McGuinn - Ear Candy 1999
E.C.: The Beatles and the Stones would often guest on each others albums, albeit low key. Once the Byrds had become famous, did you get a chance to guest on any sessions for other groups?
Roger: Yes, Crosby can be heard on "Sgt. Pepper."
Chris Hillman - Musicangle 2004
David came from a whole other places with his harmony parts. He obviously listened to the Four Freshmen and things like that, as did I guess Brian Wilson, but David did harmony parts that I wasn't really used to. I was coming from the old Southern gospel, straight third part of harmony, and David was doing these really interesting things. Nobody in The Byrds really shared a common musical background, if you think about it. Everybody came from a different place, musically.
Chris Hillman - CS&N Biography 1984
David just had this knack for causing trouble. He was like Peck's Bad Boy. He was insecure, like everybody else. But if anything frightened him, he got belligerent.
Chris Hillman - Ben Fong Torres Book 2005
Just give you an example of what Gene had to go through, the only thing that kept Crosby at bay was Gene's physical size. When Gene left and I started singing, I'll never forget Crosby turning to me, we were doing a vocal session, and saying to me, 'If you're going to sing with us, you have to sing in tune'. David had that thing about him. If anybody threatened him or he perceived it as a threat, he would lash out. And David Crosby was lucky that none of us popped him. He was really asking for it. It was the most different set of people with diverse backgrounds you could find, that was the five of us.