Drummer Dallas Taylor Dies

One of rock’s quintessential sideman, drummer Dallas Taylor who played with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, passed away Sunday at a Los Angeles-area hospital.  He was 66.

Taylor’s wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, said that her husband’s health had been failing for some time, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Music fans knew Taylor through his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, including CSN’s 1969 self-titled debut and the 1970 CSNY release, Déjà Vu. He accompanied the group for their Woodstock appearance and drummed in Stephen Stills’ 1970s band, Manassas.

Taylor spent the last years of his life working as a certified addiction counselor.  Taylor’s own substance abuse problems reportedly resulted in CSNY firing him after Déjà Vu, according to People

Photo: facebook.com/patti.mcgoverntaylor
With his wife Patti McGovern-Taylor.

Taylor’s wife Patti announced her husband’s passing in a post on her Facebook page.

“This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W Taylor.  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. 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.”