Stephen Stills celebrates his 74th birthday today (January 3rd). Crosby, Stills and Nash: “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” was written by Stephen Stills about Judy Collins and it came together from 3 parts of 3 partial songs he was working on. It was the first song on the album Crosby Stills and Nash in 1969. Its appearance there and in the movie Woodstock helped launch the band to stardom. It made it to number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. David Crosby recalls his reaction when Stills first played it for him, and Stills tells what happened next.
Crosby: “What would you do it somebody came up and played you that song? He played it for me and Nash and we went ‘Ah.’”
Stills: “Actually, I played you one verse of each movement of it and then said, ‘Hey guys, what if I just put them together?’ And they went, ‘What? They’re all different.’ And I said, ‘Try this, look,’ and literally did it on the spot.”