Photographer Henry Diltz and the members of Crosby, Stills & Nash were driving around West Los Angeles looking for an interesting shoot locale when Graham Nash remembered recently noticing a funky old building on Palm Avenue. After finding the location—and no one around to ask for permission—the trio sat on a couch on the porch, singing, talking and laughing as Diltz snapped away. Two days later the group decided that a straight-faced shot taken on the couch would make a great cover for their upcoming first album. By then they had settled on the group name Crosby, Stills & Nash—a slight problem, as the left-to-right seating order in the photo was Nash, Stills and Crosby. Everyone involved returned to the location the next day for a reshoot in the correct order, only to find the building had been torn down. The original shot nonetheless proved a perfect accompaniment for the earthy acoustic sound of 1969’s Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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