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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.

Dallas Taylor
Born(1948-04-07)April 7, 1948
Denver, Colorado
United States
DiedJanuary 18, 2015(2015-01-18) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresRock and roll, country rock
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Associated actsClear Light, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, Manassas, The Doors
WebsiteOfficial website

Taylor was born in Denver but he grew up in San Antonio, Texas.[1] He achieved some success first with 1960s band Clear Light,[2] but is best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album,[3] 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.[4]

As well as appearing on Stephen Stills's eponymous first solo album in 1970, Taylor was the drummer for Stills's group Manassas[5] 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.

In 1970, Taylor sat in with The Doors accompanying John Densmore on drums. Jim Morrison acknowledges him on The Doors Live in New York album.

Taylor died on January 18, 2015, of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease, aged 66.[6][7]


  1. ^ Dallas Taylor dies at 66; drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young accessdate March 31, 2018
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Biography: Clear Light". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
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  5. ^ Caldwell, Rob. "Biography: Manassas". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  6. ^ Weber, Bruce (2015-01-23). "Dallas Taylor, Drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dies at 66." New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  7. ^ "Dallas Taylor, Former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Drummer, Dies at 66". Retrieved 19 January 2015.

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