Dallas Taylor, Former Drummer for Crosby, Stills and Nash, Dies at 66

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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young perform in 2013

He played with the group at Woodstock and also performed with Van Morrison.

Dallas Taylor, a former drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, died on Sunday at age 66. His wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, posted the news on her Facebook page, but did not disclose the cause.

"This morning at 2:30 a.m., I lost the love of my life, Dallas W. Taylor," wrote McGovern-Taylor. "He came into my life almost 18 years 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."

A native of Denver, Colorado, Taylor cut his teeth as a session musician in the early 1960s, soon joining the psychedelic rock band Clear Light. After the group achieved modest fame with the single "Black Roses" in 1967, he was recruited into Crosby, Stills and Nash; Taylor performed on their breakthrough self-titled debut album, released in 1969, and their following album, Déjà Vu (with another new member, Neil Young, in 1970).

Taylor's live highlights include performing with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at Woodstock in 1969 and with Van Morrison at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival. After leaving music, he worked as a drug and alcohol interventionist in Los Angeles.

McGovern-Taylor's Facebook post reads, in full:

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

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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