Graham Nash Reveals George Harrison And Simon & Garfunkel Passed On CSN
Graham Nash reveals that upon forming in 1968, Crosby, Stills, & Nash sought out help in getting a recording deal from some heavy duty friends, who essentially turned them down. Nash recalled how the group hoped to score a deal with the Beatles through their recently launched Apple Records, telling Record Collector, "We were rehearsing the first record in a little apartment on Moscow Road in London. In late-'68, early-'69 George Harrison and Peter (Asher, Apple A&R head) came by to hear us. We sang about 90 percent of the first CSN record with a couple of acoustic guitars and I thought we were ridiculously good. They left and a couple of days later they told us, 'No, it's not for us,' and it was stunning to me. I didn't quite understand it. Obviously both Peter and George are great musicians. I thought, 'Is it us? Are we actually bad and we think we're good?'"
Nash went on to admit that yet another music giant took a pass on CSN not too long after that: "The same thing happened with Paul Simon and Arthur (Garfunkel). We played the same stuff in New York and then they passed also. We'll never know why they turned us down, but it sure did shock me. We wanted to share what we were doing. It made us step back and wonder if we were good at all. But the truth is the majority of the people out there thought we were good."
Graham Nash, who first saw the Beatles perform in 1959, when he and Hollies co-founder Allan Clarke competed against them in amateur talent contests in Northern England. He became friends with George Harrison and the "Fab Four" while touring with the Hollies in 1963. Nash regrets that he and Harrison never got to connect any further on a musical level: "I think it would have been easier earlier. I think both he and I got wrapped up in our respective band's fame. Obviously the Beatles were way more famous than we were, and even trying to penetrate their scene was difficult. They were completely surrounded by people that handled them. They didn't have time. It just never worked out. But I know that had George and I ever made music together, it would've been quite interesting because we're very similar, and yet very different."
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