Dallas Taylor, rock drummer beat drugs and counseled others to follow lead

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Dallas Taylor dies at 66; drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Such was his capacity for substance abuse Dallas Taylor was once warned by The Who’s Keith Moon that he ‘did too much drugs’.Michael Putland / Getty Images Dallas Taylor tried to commit suicide in 1984 by stabbing himself in the stomach with a butcher knife. “My wife came in, and I remember her looking at me like she was just plain fed up,” he recalled. “I said, ‘Listen, if I’m still alive in the morning, take me to the hospital.’” He did survive, having missed his vital organs by centimeters.“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. 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. One of rock and roll’s most able drummers, in the late 1960s he helped develop the sound for Crosby, Stills and Nash, appearing on their eponymous debut as well as Déjà Vu, their next album with Neil Young. Taylor also jammed with Jimi Hendrix and performed with Van Morrison, but that wasn’t how he earned his reputation. “I was more famous as a junkie than a drummer,” he once said. 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.

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. His mother treated him with a medicine that contained opium. “I can remember taking that stuff and thinking ‘Wow, this is how I’m supposed to feel,” he remembered.

He was fired from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young after their 1970 album, “Déjà Vu.” Keith Moon, the notoriously self-destructive drummer for the Who, warned Taylor about the price he ultimately would have to pay. “Keith was always rock’s No. 1 bad boy — he invented the whole thing with trashing hotel rooms,” Taylor told The Times in 1990. “But I remember him telling me, ‘Dallas, you do too much drugs.'” His friends David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young, along with rock luminaries Don Henley and Eddie Van Halen, performed a benefit concert for him in 1990, raising enough money for a liver transplant.

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