Dallas Taylor, the original drummer for Crosby Stills & Nash has died at age 66, according to a number of media reports. Says the Los Angeles Times, “He had been in failing health for some time, his wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, said.”
The Times also writes, “Dallas Taylor liked to say that he made his first million — and his last million — by the time he was 21. The rock drummer was a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He played at Woodstock, appeared on seven top-selling albums and bought three Ferraris. He also stabbed himself in the stomach with a butcher knife and drank so heavily that he required a liver transplant in 1990, five years after becoming sober.”
According to the Inquisitr website, “Dallas was officially sacked from Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1970 as he battled an out-of-control drug addiction. However, his talent was too great to ignore, and he appeared on Stephen Stills’ self-titled solo album in 1970.
“He continued to work with the singer with Stills’ group, Manassas, and played on the group’s 1972 self-titled debut album and 1973’s ‘Down The Road.’”
After becoming sober, Taylor worked very successfully as an addiction counselor.
Taylor penned a candid look at his rock ‘n roll life in his well-received memoir, “Prisoner of Woodstock,” released in 1994.