Dallas Taylor, a drummer best known as a member of the 1960s rock band Crosby, Stills & Nash, died on Sunday, Jan. 18. He was 66-years-old.
The news of the musician’s passing was announced by his wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, on her Facebook page. “This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W. Taylor,” she wrote. “He came into my life almost 18 years ago and saved me as much as I may have saved him.”
Dallas with his wife, Patti.
“To me, he was just a good man, a good friend, a good father, a good grandfather or Pop Pop, a great drummer and much beloved by many,” she continued. “He will be missed beyond words. It is so very hard to imagine my life without him by my side, but I feel his love even as I write these words.”
Dallas achieved early success in the 1960s with the band Clear Light, but skyrocketed to fame at just 21-years-old when Crosby, Stills & Nash debuted their first, self-titled album in 1969. A year later, the group released their second record — under the new name Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — titled ‘Déjà Vu’ with iconic rocker Neil Young.
Dallas (second from left) with the band in the early 1970s.
Before being asked to leave the band due to his drug addiction in 1970, Dallas appeared on seven of the group’s hit albums and performed as the band’s drummer at Woodstock in 1969.
He is survived by his wife, son, Dallas Jr., daughter, Lisa, and five grandchildren.