Crosby, Stills & Nash – ‘Marrakesh Express’
  • Writer: Graham Nash
  • Producers: Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Recorded: Early 1969 at Wally Heider’s Studio III in Los Angeles, California
  • Released: May 1969
  • Players:
    Graham Nash — vocals, acoustic guitar
    Stephen Stills — guitar, bass, organ, piano, vocals
    David Crosby — vocals
    Jim Gordon — drums
  • Album: Crosby, Stills & Nash (Atlantic, 1969)
  • Also On:
    Replay (Atlantic, 1981)
    CSN (Atlantic, 1992)
  • “Marrakesh Express” was the first single released by Crosby, Stills & Nash, the supergroup comprising David Crosby (ex-Byrds), Stephen Stills (ex-Buffalo Springfield), and Graham Nash (ex-Hollies).
  • The song peaked at Number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Nash based the song on a trip he and his first wife Rose took from Casablanca to Marrakesh in 1966: “I came back and played it for the Hollies, who rejected it… After a couple of months of that, a man is liable to go insane, especially being the only one (in the band) who was smoking grass at the time.”
  • The Crosby, Stills & Nash album peaked at Number Six on the Billboard 200 chart.


  • Neil Young, Stills’s former partner in Buffalo Springfield, joined the trio in the spring of 1969.
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash — with and without Young — have recorded and toured off-and-on since their inception.
  • The trio has the distinction of being one of a handful of acts to perform at two Woodstock festivals, in 1969 (with Young) and in 1994.
  • Crosby has survived debilitating drug addictions that resulted in a short imprisonment in 1986. He underwent a liver transplant in 1994.
  • All three musicians are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1997, Stills became the first musician inducted into the Rock Hall twice on the same night — with Buffalo Springfield and then with CSN. Crosby is in with the Byrds and CSN. Graham Nash is in with CSN. Young is also in twice, with Buffalo Springfield and as a solo act.