Dallas Taylor (drummer)

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Dallas Taylor
Born(1948-04-07)April 7, 1948
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
OriginSan Antonio, Texas, U.S.
DiedJanuary 18, 2015(2015-01-18) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresRock and roll, country rock
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion
Years active1960s–2015
Dallas Taylor playing drums in the Manassas band, with Stephen Stills and Fuzzy Samuels

Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr. (April 7, 1948 – January 18, 2015)[1] was an American session drummer who played drums on several rock albums throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Life and career[edit]

Taylor was born in Denver but grew up in San Antonio, Texas.[2] He achieved some success with psychedelic rock band Clear Light in the late 1960s,[3] but is best remembered as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album,[4] and their follow-up with Neil Young, Déjà Vu (1970), and was given a front-sleeve credit along with Motown bassist Greg Reeves.[5]

As well as appearing on Stephen Stills's eponymous first solo album in 1970, his 1971 follow up Stephen Stills 2, and the supporting tour with the Memphis Horns, Taylor was the drummer for Stills's group Manassas[6] in 1972 and 1973. He also appeared on Stills's 1975 solo album Stills. In 1974 he 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.

He also appeared on Graham Nash's 1971 debut Songs For Beginners, and played percussion on the Byrds, 1973 reunion album Byrds, further connecting him to CSNY.

Taylor died on January 18, 2015, of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease, aged 66.[7][8]



  1. ^ Weber, Bruce (January 24, 2015). "Dallas Taylor, Drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dies at 66". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  2. ^ Dallas Taylor dies at 66; drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young LA Times accessdate March 31, 2018
  3. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Biography: Clear Light". AllMusic. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  4. ^ "Crosby, Stills and Nash debut album | Classic Rock Review". February 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (1970, PR – Presswell Press, Faux-Leather Gatefold, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  6. ^ Caldwell, Rob. "Biography: Manassas". Allmusic. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  7. ^ Weber, Bruce (January 23, 2015). "Dallas Taylor, Drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dies at 66." New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "Dallas Taylor, Former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Drummer, Dies at 66". Variety.com. January 18, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015.