Legendary drummer Dallas Taylor has died at just 66 years of age. The Mail reported Taylor, the former drummer for the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills And Nash, died on Sunday. Taylor’s wife for the last 18 years, Patti McGovern-Taylor, took to Facebook to share the news with fans.
She posted, “This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W. Taylor.”
According to the L.A.Times, Taylor liked to say that he made his first million — and his last million — by the time he was 21.
The rock drummer was a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, And Nash, and after Neil Young joined the group, he played for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. He played at Woodstock, appeared on seven top-selling albums and bought three Ferraris. He also stabbed himself in the stomach with a butcher knife and drank so heavily that he required a liver transplant in 1990, five years after becoming sober.
Dallas was officially sacked from Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1970 as he battled an out-of-control drug addiction. However, his talent was too great to ignore, and he appeared on Stephen Stills’ self-titled solo album in 1970.
He continued to work with the singer with Stills’ group, Manassas, and played on the group’s 1972 self-titled debut album and 1973’s Down The Road.
Taylor has been in poor health for some time, and his wife was so devoted to him that she even donated one of her kidneys when Taylor required a transplant in 2007.
Dallas Taylor’s poor health meant that he largely withdrew from the music business after his liver transplant in 1990. Dallas later worked as an addiction counselor and worked with musicians and other celebrities who had addiction problems.
Many of those Dallas helped took to Twitter to express their sorrow at Mr Taylor’s passing. Guns N’ Roses’ drummer Matt Sorum was one of the first to pay tribute to Mr Taylor, saying, “You saved my life and many others.”
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) January 19, 2015
In addition to his wife Patti McGovern-Taylor, the legendary drummer also leaves behind son Dallas Jr., daughter Lisa and five grandchildren.
Speaking of Dallas’ passing, Patti McGovern-Taylor said, “He came into my life almost 18 years 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. 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.”
Comedian Richard Lewis shared his thoughts, saying, “Dallas Taylor died, but his legendary drummer status lives on, as do 1000’s of recovering addicts he saved.”
That is an epitaph we suspect would make Dallas Taylor very proud.
As we remember legendary drummer Dallas Taylor, we close with these words. “Tim Drummond, get out the bass and get ready to play, Dallas is coming home.”
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