In Memoriam | CSNY Drummer Dallas Taylor

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We’re sad to pass along the news that drummer Dallas Taylor has died at age 66. Taylor’s death was first announced by his wife, Patti Mcgovern-Taylor on Facebook as pointed out by Variety.

[Photo via Patti Mcgovern-Taylor on Facebook]

Taylor initially came to the attention of the music world due to his work with Clear Light, but it was his selection and performance as the drummer on Crosby, Stills & Nash’s self-titled, critically-acclaimed 1969 debut for which he’s best known. Dallas also appears on the group’s 1970 follow-up, marking Neil Young’s studio debut with the band, Deja Vu. He’s even featured and credited on the LP’s cover along with bassist Greg Reeves. Taylor was replaced by drummer Russ Kunkel when CSNY regrouped in 1974 for rock’s first outdoor stadium tour.

Some of Dallas’s other credits include work with Stephen Stills, Van Morrison and Paul Butterfield. In more recent years, Taylor has worked as an alcohol and drug interventionist. Dallas Taylor is the third member of the CSNY/Neil Young family to pass on recently following the deaths of Young bassist Rick Rosas and CSNY ’74 bassist Tim Drummond.

Read Mcgovern-Taylor’s note about her husband’s passing:

This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W Taylor, he came into my life almost 18 yrs ago and saved me as much as i may have saved him, To me he was just a Good Man, a Good Friend, a Good Father, a Good Grandfather or Pop Pop, a Great Drummer and much beloved by many. I cannot even find the words to put down to say how grateful I am for the many friends and family who have been there for both of us these many days he has spent in the hospital, especially last night. I know he is a peace. He will be missed beyond words, it is so very hard to imagine my life without him by my side, but i feel his love even as i write these words. Much Love to you all …Patti

The JamBase team would like to send our deepest sympathies to Taylor’s friends and family.