by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday of Graham Nash, founding member of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash (and occasionally, Young)! We have some extraordinary video performances today.
I saw Graham Nash with David Crosby and Steven Stills in 2012, and they were awesome! Now old men compared to how young they were at Woodstock, they still put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, and the thousands there with us roared over and over and over. The 60s may have left the building a long time ago, but the flame still burns in the hearts of millions, if that show was any indication.
All three have been playing professionally for over 50 years. They were a team for 46, and though Steven Stills (Jan 3, 1945) and David Crosby (Aug 14, 1941) have had their share of medical problems, they’re still with us, each one rocking out in their own way. Though CS&N broke up for good in March 2016, we’ll have their music forever!
Graham Nash (Feb 2, 1942) co-founded the Hollies with Allan Clarke, cracked the big time in the first British Invasion, and never looked back. With their ringing guitars and vocal harmonies, the Hollies were a vibrant sound, and gave us some memorable tunes!
Welcome to the British Invasion, where it’s obvious the Beatles set the performing style of the day! From the BBC “Top of the Pops” television show in 1964, here they’re lip-synching their very first hit, “Just One Look”
Last year I had a very young Graham Nash and the Hollies very live and at their best at the NME, looking sharp performing “Just One Look,” but this year it’s disappeared.
Here’s a fantastic performance on Shindig in 1965 complete with the very choreographed Shindig dancers doing their second major hit “I’m Alive”
This is a great one! Very much live at the London Palladium in March 1965, the Hollies performing their huge hit “Look Through Any Window”
From Hullabaloo (1965-66) with Graham and the Hollies lip-synching “Look Through Any Window”
From the Beat Club in 1966, the Hollies live performing “I Can’t Let Go”
Also from 1966, a lip synched music video of the Hollies doing “I Can’t Let Go”
I found it again! Here’s a great clip from 1966 Top of the Pops with the Hollies lip-synching to “Bus Stop”
Closing out 1966, a real gem! The Everly Brothers went to England and cut an album that year featuring the Hollies, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Elton John! Welcome to those incredible harmonies cranking out British hits from the era! It begins with the great Spencer Davis hit “Somebody Help Me” and autoloads from there. For your enjoyment, Two Yanks in England
For the third hit from this era, the original audio-only studio version of their 1967 hit “Pay You Back With Interest”
This is from their performance on the German “Beat Beat Beat” television show in 1967 (though one date code says 1968). The Hollies very live doing “On A Carousel”
I still can’t find the entire 1968 show in Croatia on one clip, but I did find this clip which will autoload the rest of the show, so enjoy! We begin with the folk classic “The Very Last Day”
Now for Crosby, Still, Nash, and (occasionally) Young! The first batch are songs written by Graham.
From very early in their career, a live acoustic performance of one of their most loved tunes written by Graham Nash, the immortal “Teach Your Children”
From Graham's mid-60s trip to Morocco where he states he went in search of the big one and found (and smoked) it! “Marrakesh Express”
Woodstock 1969 was only the second time they performed together live. Enjoy history being made!
This song kicked it off and introduced the band to the world! “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” They followed that huge hit with two more extraordinary performances of “Marrakesh Express” and “Blackbird” followed by “Helplessly Hoping.” They closed their set with the iconic David Crosby tune of a vision where we all were offered a dream that we really could find our way across the troubled waters of 1969 to a better world. I guess the ship couldn’t find the harbor we were looking for, but we'll get there someday.... “Wooden Ships”
From what looks to be their 1974 tour, a song with topical importance! “Immigration Man”
Last year I had “Our House,” “Immigration Man” and “Military Madness” from their 1974 Wembley show, but none of them are on you tube this year.
Here’s an audio-only version from 1974 live at the Roosevelt Raceway cranking out “Military Madness”
Here’s a real score from the 1974 tour! It’s an entire audio-only anthology of several stops on that tour. Welcome to several hours of great music when they were at their peak!
From the early 70s, this is just as powerful as it was years ago! Written by Graham Nash in response to an Amerikan gross miscarriage of justice, this was the rallying cry of a generation. Here’s a great performance of "Chicago." From a more recent performance, "Chicago."
The very beautiful "Wasted On The Way"
From a more recent era, “Just A Song Before I Go”
The next few tunes were written by David Crosby during his CS&N tenure, so enjoy these great live performances!
From the first Crosby, Stills, and Nash album, “Guinevere”
From 1969, here’s an interesting live performance by CSN&Y on the Tom Jones television show! Tom takes the lead vocals on “Long Time Gone”
From 2009 in Glastonbury, “Long Time Gone”
From 1970 on the Tom Jones Show in London, some great live harmonies in “You Don’t Have To Cry”
From 1977 in Houston, the legendary tune David wrote with Stills and the great Paul Kantner, “Wooden Ships”
Live in 1989 at the Ring, here’s Crosby and Nash with Grace Slick in a live performance of “Wooden Ships”
On MTV in 1990, a great live 23 minute acoustic video at the Ed Sullivan Theater! "Crosby, Stills, and Nash Unplugged
A live acoustic performance in 1991 gives us a great version of “Déjà Vu”
Here’s a performance bootlegged from Rome 2010 with a very electric almost jazzed out version of “Déjà Vu.” This is similar to the arrangement they did when I saw them a couple of years ago.
In this clip, they look almost exactly as they did in the recent show. From Madison Square Gardens in 2009, “Almost Cut My Hair”
The song that blew the doors down and let the world know a new style of music had arrived! Steven Stills’ masterpiece, “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”
Another early clip of some incredible harmonies! Here's Steven's “Helplessly Hoping”
From the 2009 Madison Square Garden concert, the iconic Joni Mitchell song from their second album, “Woodstock”
Steven's “Southern Cross”
The amazing Stephen Stills' tune, "Find The Cost of Freedom"
I’ll digress a little with this these next two gems. First, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young live at the Fillmore East 1971 doing a fabulous acoustic version of Neil’s Buffalo Springfield classic “On The Way Home.”
Then from Toronto in 2000, we have the 4 together doing an extremely electric version of “Ohio”
(If you don’t know the importance of this song, please reference A Day of Infamy 46 Years Ago Today)
Here are Steven Stills and Graham Nash live in an acoustic duo set on “Rock and Roll Tonite” in 1983 doing an exquisite set of “Change Partners,” “4 + 20,” and “Crossroads”
Three whole shows from way back! First, an audio-only 76 minute December 1969 show! Crosby, Stills, and Nash in Detroit 1969
Then a great October 1973 video from Winterland! Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Live at Winterland 1973
And from a decade later in 1982 at their peak, here’s a great hour and 47 video performance! From the Universal Amphitheater, “Daylight Again”
Last year I had a 2006 performance live on Jools Holland, with David and Graham giving us an acoustic version of “Immigration Man,” but this year it’s disappeared. So instead, I found you a 2017 performance by Graham and Shayne Fontaigne of this classic! “Immigration Man”
We’ll close this celebration of joyous music with a long set from “Unplugged” in 1990. I saw them in Austin on this tour, and they really were fantastic! For your enjoyment, the joyous harmonies of one of the best groups ever to sing a note. And if you find yourselves smiling or tapping your foot, you’re in the company of millions!!
For our encore, a great score! First, an entire 1 hour 26 minute live acoustic concert video from 1991 at the Bill Graham memorial concert in San Francisco! Crosby, Stills, and Nash – The Acoustic Concert
For the second encore, a 45 minute live concert video in 1991 at Golden Gate Park! Crosby, Stills, and Nash Live in Golden Gate Park
Here’s a great 72 minute documentary titled Graham Nash – Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life
Here’s a great 43 VH1 documentary titled Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – VH1 Legends
Spreading a huge vibe of peace and love 45 years after the end of the 60s is a great way to live, and an awesome legacy to leave the world. As your occasional bandmate is known to sing, “Long May You Run.” You are loved by millions!
PS - Thanks to Alexei, we have the legendary 1974 Wembley concert! "Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young at Wembley 1974
Also, a big Happy Birthday shout out to another amazing talent! Today is also the birthday of the brilliant comedian, composer, and musician Tommy Smothers (February 2, 1937) His shows brought us all a lot of laughs and some great talent back in the 60s. Thanks for battling the censors then, Tommy.
Copyright © 2018 Robert Wilkinson