Graham Nash Recalls David Crosby Stealing His Part In Bonnie Raitt Record


CSNY icon Graham Nash recently joined an interview with Stereogum and revealed that David Crosby took his part in Bonnie Raitt’s song ‘Cry On My Shoulder.’

In 1968, Graham Nash, David Crosby, and Stephen Stills formed a folk-rock supergroup. The band permanently impacted the rock scene, especially with their harmonious vocals. The debut album, ‘Crosby, Stills & Nash,’ came out in 1969. Its ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ and ‘Marrakesh Express’ became hit songs. Later on, Neil Young joined the band at Ahmet Ertegun’s suggestion, and the band released Déjà Vu in 1970. This album became the band’s best-selling with more than 8 million copies and gained them international success.

In a previous interview, while he was talking about the supergroup, Nash mentioned that he and Crosby’s relationship had a special meaning for both, especially in blending their vocal styles. They both contributed to other names’ works, and Bonnie Raitt was one of them. Nash and Crosby were the back vocals in Raitt’s ‘Cry On My Shoulder‘ released in 1989.

Recently, Graham Nash revealed in an interview that David Crosby stole his part on Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Cry On My Shoulder.’ He stated that Crosby wanted to sing the part he considered most proper for him, and it was Nash’s. According to Nash, he sang underneath Bonnie Raitt and David Crosby, a different singing style. The vocalist mentioned that he was content Bonnie loved the work they created.

When the interviewer asked about the recording process, Graham Nash explained:

“The only memory I have is Crosby stole my part. He did his part; first, we didn’t do them together. When David got there first, he took the part he thought he should take. It happened to be my part. So I had to sing underneath Bonnie and David, which is unusual for me. My voice can reach high notes. I loved that Bonnie loved what we did. I have such great respect for Bonnie.”

The interviewer asked Graham Nash whether he was unhappy with David Crosby’s singing his part. Nash indicated that he never bothered about what Crosby did because it was an opportunity to try something new.

The interviewer asked:

“Were you a bit annoyed with David for forcing you into a lower register?”

Graham Nash answered:

Not at all. I look at it as an opportunity to find a more interesting part.”

You can listen to the song below.