TODAY IN MUSIC HISTORY – Another Great Drummer Passes, Dallas Taylor of CSN&Y Dies at 66
2015 – You know you’re in trouble when Keith Moon warns you about substance abuse. That’s exactly what happened to Dallas Taylor. “Keith was always rock’s No. 1 bad boy — he invented the whole thing with trashing hotel rooms,” Taylor told The Times in 1990. “But I remember him telling me, ‘Dallas, you do too much drugs.'”
Taylor, however, outlived Moon by 37 years. He died, on January 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. He was 66.
He was barely 20 when he first played with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The drummer would often say, “I made my first million — and last million — by the time I was 21.”
Taylor recorded Crosby, Stills and Nash’s debut album, “Crosby, Stills & Nash” (1969) and their follow-up with Neil Young, “Déjà Vu” (1970) but drug/alcohol use quickly caught up and he was let go.
He required a liver transplant in 1990, five years after becoming sober. These hard journey brought him to a position to help others, becoming an addiction counselor specializing in interventions and in reuniting alcoholics and addicts with their families,
A quote about Nivana’s late singer, Kurt Cobain, “I understand what it is like to be an angry, depressed addict who needs so badly to be liked that he gets on stage and sweats and bleeds and hopes that people will somehow connect,” he wrote. “But as addicts whose only real happiness is being high — whether it’s on dope or music, writing, acting or painting — success becomes our worst enemy. When self-hatred runs so deep, it is never alleviated by fame or wealth.”
Dallas Taylor was born, April 7, 1948 in Denver, Colorado- by John Beaudin