David Crosby married


LOS ANGELES -- Rock musician David Crosby, whose fame in the 1960s group the Byrds and with Crosby, Stills and Nash was later shadowed by a prison term for breaking drug and gun laws, Saturday married his longtime girlfriend.

Crosby, 45, and Jan Dance, 35, exchanged vows in a ceremony at the Hollywood Church of Religious Science on Sunset Boulevard. Musician Stephen Stills gave away the bride.


'Absolutely excited and-a-half,' Crosby said when asked how he felt before the ceremony. 'Just this side of marvelous.'

Graham Nash, 45, and his wife, Susan, 35, seized the opportunity to renew their vows in celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary May 4.

About 200 people attended the wedding, including musicians Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Grace Slick, Roger McGuinn and actor Howard Hessman.

Science of Mind minister Robert Bitzer pronounced Crosby and Dance husband and wife, prompting cheers from the celebrity guests.

'I feel great. I'm extremely happy,' said the blond bride, whose flowing white wedding gown featured a long train.

Crosby brushed off questions about honeymoon plans.

The regrouped Crosby, Stills and Nash are recording an album and plan a tour starting July 2 in Binghamton, N.Y., Crosby spokesman Larry Jenkins said. The group also is scheduled to perform a benefit concert July 4 for Vietnam Warveterans at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington.


The new album, which is due for release later this year, will include songs written by Crosby last year while he served a 13-month term in a Texas jail for drugs and weapon possession charges, Jenkins said.

Crosby was popular in the '60s with the Byrds, then with Crosby, Stills and Nash. Crosby had begun jamming with Stills in 1968, and they soon were joined by Nash, who had quit another successful '60s band, the Hollies.

The trio's debut album was a smash, winning a Grammy for Best New Artist. Neil Young joined the group in 1969 and continued to play with them on and off for five years.

The group's second live appearance at Woodstock in August 1969 clinched their status in the music world. Over the next 16 years, CSN sold more than 20 million records. Crosby concentrated on a solo career after 1974, but the trio regrouped in 1977 and has recorded sporadically since then.

Crosby's heavy use of drugs in later years alienated him from his friends and co-workers.

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