Crosby, Stills & Nash Drummer Dallas Taylor Dies at 66

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‘Crosby, Stills & Nash’ Drummer Dallas Taylor Dies at Age 66.

The news was posted by his wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, on her Facebook page. “This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W. “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,” his partner Patti McGovern Taylor wrote on Facebook. Guns N’ Roses’ drummer Matt Sorum was among the first to pay tribute to Taylor, while Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcome crediting the musician for aiding his recovery from drug addiction. 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.” With Crosby, Stills & Nash, he performed throughout the late 1960s, including the period when they added Neil Young.

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. Taylor, who went on to become an addiction counselor specializing in interventions and in reuniting alcoholics and addicts with their families, died Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital.

A year later, the group released their second record — under the new name Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’— titled ‘Déjà Vu’ with iconic rocker Neil Young. Later in 1967 Dallas Taylor moved the band to Los Angeles where he later met Stephen Stills just as the folk band Crosby,Stills, Nash & Young were starting off. Before being asked to leave the band due to his drug addiction in 1970, Dallas appeared on seven of the group’s hit albums and performed as the band’s drummer at Woodstock in 1969.

Once credentialed to treat addictions, he initially began working with troubled teens before treating adults who grappled with drug and alcohol abuse. Stills asked Dallas Taylor to join up with he band to play drums on their first album In 1970 Taylor continued to play with the band on their follow-up album “Deja Vu” that also included Neil Young as a member. His friend, comedian Richard Lewis, Tweeted “Dallas Taylor died, but his legendary drummer status lives on, as do 1000’s of recovering addicts he saved, [including] me.”

In a 1994 Times essay, he wrote about Kurt Cobain, the 27-year-old lead singer of the rock band Nirvana who killed himself in his Seattle home after checking out of a drug rehab facility. “I understand what it is like to be an angry, depressed addict who needs so badly to be liked that he gets on stage and sweats and bleeds and hopes that people will somehow connect,” he wrote. “But as addicts whose only real happiness is being high — whether it’s on dope or music, writing, acting or painting — success becomes our worst enemy. Dallas Taylor and Stills continued their friendship and business arrangement s Stills formed the group Manassas in 1972 and 1973, the two would later part ways. When self-hatred runs so deep, it is never alleviated by fame or wealth.” Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr. was born in Denver on April 7, 1948, and raised in San Antonio.

Taylor continued his drumming career performing in 1974 with Van Morrison, following up that stint drumming for Paul Butterfield’s touring band in the mid 70s.

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