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November 14, 2018 Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Post by John Rancke
As if one song isn’t enough to impress, Stephen Stills of rock folk band Crosby, Stills & Nash composed a multi-part ode called “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, which they performed at Woodstock.
The ode refers to Stills’ rocky relationship with his singer-songwriter girlfriend, Judy Collins, known for her piercing blue eyes.
Most of the lyrics that make up the different sections of the suite describe Stills’s thoughts and feelings about their imminent breakup. The pair met in 1967 and dated until 1969, when she fell for Stacy Keach, her co-star in the musical production Peer Gynt at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Stills was truly heartbroken when Collins left him for Keach, and wrote the song to channel his sadness. In fact, the band was originally only formed to record “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” but went on to create more albums and hits.
Talk about the ultimate One Hit Wonder. The music world is grateful CSN and later CSNY stayed around and gave us many magical songs.