It was 50 years ago today (March 11th, 1970) that Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's Deja vu album was released. The album, which served as the followup up to the previous year's, watershed Crosby, Stills, & Nash collection, was the first to feature Stephen Stills' Buffalo Springfield buddy and foil, Neil Young. Young had begun performing with CSN shortly after the debut album was released.
Deja vu, which hit Number One for just one week on May 16th, 1970, stayed in the Billboard Top 10 for a whopping 23 straight weeks. Highlights on the set included Graham Nash's instant standards “Our House” and “Teach Your Children” — featuring Jerry Garcia making his debut on pedal steel guitar, David Crosby's title track and “Almost Cut My Hair,” Stephen Stills' “Carry On” and the solo “4+20,” Neil Young's “Helpless” — as well as the group's reinvention and definitive take of Joni Mitchell's “Woodstock.”
Graham Nash told us that Deja vu was a darker record than Crosby, Stills, & Nash due to the death of Crosby's girlfriend Christine Hinton in a car accident, and Nash and Stills' respective breakups with legendary singers Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins: “Because I wasn't with Joni, Christine had been killed, and Stephen wasn't with Judy — the songs are sadder. Y'know, we talk about relationships breaking up, y'know? It's just the way it is.”