Dallas Taylor (drummer)

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Dallas Taylor
Born (1948-04-07)April 7, 1948
Denver, Colorado
United States
Died January 18, 2015(2015-01-18) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Rock and roll, country rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Associated acts Clear Light, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, Manassas, The Doors
Website Official website

Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr. (April 7, 1948 – January 18, 2015) was an American session drummer who played on several rock records of the 1960s and 1970s. He achieved some success first with 1960s band Clear Light,[1] but is best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album [2], Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) and their follow-up with Neil Young, Déjà Vu (1970) and was given a front-sleeve credit along with Motown bassist Greg Reeves[3].

As well as appearing on Stills' eponymous first solo album in 1970, Taylor was the drummer for Stills' group Manassas[4] in 1972 and 1973. He also played with Van Morrison at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival, in a quartet along with keyboardist Pete Wingfield and bassist Jerome Rimson, a performance issued on the 2006 DVD, Live at Montreux 1980/1974. He briefly appeared again in the mid 1970s, drumming for Paul Butterfield's touring band.

In 1970, Dallas sat in with The Doors accompanying John Densmore on drums. Jim Morrison acknowledges him on The Doors Live in New York live album.

Taylor died on January 18, 2015 of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease, aged 66.[5][6]


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