Initially formed by the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash,
the genesis of the group lies in two 1960s rock bands, The Byrds and The
Hollies, and the demise of a third, Buffalo Springfield. Friction existed
between David Crosby and his bandmates in the Byrds, and he was dismissed
from the Byrds in the fall of 1967.
By early 1968, Buffalo Springfield had also disintegrated over personal issues,
and after aiding in putting together the band’s final album, Stephen Stills
found himself unemployed by the summer. He and Crosby began meeting
informally and jamming, the results of one encounter in Florida on Crosby’s
schooner being the song “Wooden Ships,” composed in collaboration with
another guest, Paul Kantner.
Graham Nash had been introduced to Crosby when the Byrds had toured the
UK in 1966, and when the Hollies ventured to California in 1968, Nash
resumed his acquaintance with Crosby