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, but is best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash’s debut album, 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.
As well as appearing on Stills’ eponymous first solo album in 1970, Taylor was the drummer for Stills’ group Manassas 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.
Taylor died on January 18, 2015 of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease.
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
27: Magnus Eriksson, 58, Swedish tour manager (Van Morrison, Toto); Margot Moir, 55, Scottish-born Australian singer (The Moir Sisters).
25: Demis Roussos, 68, Egyptian-born Greek singer (“Forever and Ever”).
22: Joan Hinde, 81, English trumpeter and entertainer.
21: Waldemar Kmentt, 85, Austrian operatic tenor; Kemal Monteno, 66, Bosnian singer/ songwriter, pneumonia and sepsis.
20: Canserbero, 26, Venezuelan rapper, suicide by jumping; Edgar Froese, 70, German musician (Tangerine Dream), pulmonary embolism.
19: John Bilezikjian, 66, Armenian oud musician, kidney disease; Vera Gornostayeva, 85, Russian pianist and piano teacher; Ward Swingle, 87, American musician (The Swingle Singers, Les Double Six).
18: ASAP Yams, 26, American rapper; Cynthia Layne, 51, American jazz singer, cancer; Dallas Taylor, 66, American drummer (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young).