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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dallas Taylor Passes On

The recovery community is saddened this week at news of the loss of Dallas Woodrow Taylor, Jr (66), former drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Later in life Taylor involved himself in the recovery community, working as a drug and alcohol counselor specializing in interventions; for almost 30 years he had an active role in showing countless people a new way of life, one free from the chains of substance abuse.

Dallas played at Woodstock with CSNY and appeared on seven top-selling albums, but was plagued by substance abuse which ultimately resulted in his exit from the band in 1970 after the release of the album Déjà Vu, the Times reports. He liked to say that he made his first million — and his last million — by the time he was 21.

The `60’s and `70’s was time when people in the music industry partied hard, but Taylor's drug use stood out. Keith Moon, the wild drummer for the Who, warned Taylor about the price he ultimately would have to pay for his drug use, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Keith was always rock's No. 1 bad boy — he invented the whole thing with trashing hotel rooms," Taylor told The Times in 1990. "But I remember him telling me, 'Dallas, you do too much drugs.'"

In 1989, due to the years of heavy drinking, Taylor was diagnosed with terminal liver disease which required a transplant. At the time he was already in recovery and his friends held a benefit concert in 1990 to raise funding for the transplant. With five years of sobriety Taylor received the liver transplant.

Sadly, Taylor’s health would never be a 100 percent and in 2007 he needed kidney transplant, which he received from his wife. Dallas passed away on Sunday January 18th, 2015.

Taylor is survived by his: wife, son Dallas, daughters Sharlotte and Lisa, and five grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Taylor's loved ones.

Here you can enjoy a video of Dallas on the drums with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young playing "Down By The River." Circa 1970.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

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