Crosby, Stills & Nash Drummer Dallas Taylor Dies at 66, But His Spirit Will Live On Through His Music

NEW YORK - AUGUST 1: Musicians Graham Nash (L) and David Crosby perform with Crosby Stills and Nash at the Beacon Theater August 1, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
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If you're a fan of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (or as they were originally dubbed — Crosby, Stills & Nash), then we have some sad news. The band's drummer Dallas Taylor died at 66 on Sunday, Jan. 18. His wife Patti McGovern-Taylor first revealed the news, but did not disclose the cause of death, via her Facebook page, where she wrote,

This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W Taylor, he came into my life almost 18 yrs ago and saved me as much as i may have saved him, 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. I cannot even find the words to put down to say how grateful I am for the many friends and family who have been there for both of us these many days he has spent in the hospital, especially last night. I know he is a peace. 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. Much Love to you all ...Patti

As noted above, Taylor will forever be remembered for his work with the folk rock group known for their hits, including "Teach Your Children," "Southern Cross," "Just a Song Before I Go," and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," among many others. Taylor performed with the group through the late 1960s and even played with them at Woodstock in 1969. However, after their album Déjà Vu was complete, the band let Taylor go due to his drug habit. Eventually, Taylor got sober and became an alcohol and drug interventionist in Los Angeles. 

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Taylor is survived by his wife, his son, Dallas Jr., daughter Lisa, and five grandchildren. Here are a few songs we'll always remember Taylor by. 

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