When David Crosby’s Son Reduced Stephen Stills to Tears
"The highlight for me was 'Wooden Ships,'" Stills told Spin in a recent interview. "I thought we just killed that. And having James Raymond there...nobody knows this, but he sounds just like Crosby when he sings." He added of the pre-show rehearsal: "I don't grieve over the top, but there wasn't a dry eye in the rehearsal room. I couldn't get through the song. Unbelievable. And then on the night, it came off really good."
He reflected that Crosby's passing had been a "really sad" moment, explaining: "A lot of my life is tied up with that guy. He filled in a lot of blanks for me at the beginning. I was really shy, and David will talk to anybody all day. Croz was just a very special human being. He could make you feel just great about everything, and then 10 minutes later say two more words and make you feel [shrinks two fingers together] that big. So, he had this power."
Looking back, Stills reported: "I can't tell you the number of recording sessions that he absolutely wrecked by him going off on standup in the studio. We couldn't get through a take! You remember the scene in Bohemian Rhapsody where they all knocked the baffles over? Well, we did that so many times because of Crosby making us laugh."
Stills released his latest album, Live at Berkeley 1971, in April.