So sad. It’s been a year since rock & roll legend Dallas Taylor, drummer from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dallas died at the age of 66. The musician, who played at the legendary Woodstock festival, still has fans all over who have paid tribute to him on the one-year anniversary of his death Jan. 18.
As we continue to mourn the loss of rock and roll’s finest in the early weeks of 2016 — first, David Bowie passed away at 69 on Jan. 10, then Eagles’ singer/songwriter Glenn Frey at 67 on Jan. 16 — fans are also remembering that Dallas Taylor, drummer for the legendary 1960’s/early ’70 group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, passed away one year ago on Jan. 18, following a battle with poor health despite having several organ transplants.
Dallas was an integral part of CSN & Y’s early success, playing with them on seven of their top selling albums and touring the world with the singing group. He met David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash when he was barely into his 20’s and went on to play with the band at music’s first epic festival — Woodstock. But his epic partying ways eventually led to his downfall from the group.
In an age of hard partying and excess, Dallas’ drug and alcohol abuse was over the top. He was fired from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young after their 1970 album, Déjà Vu, but still continued to play with Stephen on his solo projects. The late drummer for The Who, Keith Moon, was one of rock’s biggest bad boys even told him to take things down a notch or ten. “Keith was always rock’s number one bad boy — he invented the whole thing with trashing hotel rooms,” Taylor told The L.A. Times in 1990. “But I remember him telling me, ‘Dallas, you do too much drugs.'”
He finally got clean in 1984 and went on to become a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, helping reunite newly sober addicts with their families but unfortunately his sobriety came too late. He was diagnosed with terminal liver disease in 1989 which required a transplant. He later needed a kidney transplant and got one when his wife Patti McGovern gave him one of her organ’s in a 2007 surgery. Sadly, he died at the age of 66 due to complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease. Fans have flooded Twitter on the one year anniversary of Dallas’ death, remembering the legacy he left behind as a member of the iconic band.
HollywoodLifers, what’s your favorite memory of Dallas Taylor?