Taylor played at Woodstock before changing careers to become an addiction counselor
Dallas W. Taylor, the prolific drummer best known for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash, died on Sunday. He was 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. Taylor,” she wrote. “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,” she continued. “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.”
With Crosby, Stills & Nash, he performed throughout the late 1960s, including the period when they added Neil Young. Taylor, who appeared on seven hit albums, was the band’s drummer when they performed at Woodstock in 1969.
But his drug habit ultimately cost him his gig with the legendary rockers. He was fired by the band in 1970, after their classic album Déjà Vu.
When he got older, Taylor became an alcohol and drug interventionist in Los Angeles. Once credentialed to treat addictions, he initially began working with troubled teens before treating adults who grappled with drug and alcohol abuse.
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 addition to his wife, Taylor is survived by his son, Dallas Jr., daughters Sharlotte and Lisa, and five grandchildren.