They say celebrity deaths tend to happen in threes, but this is all starting to seem just a little too tragically familiar lately.
Dallas Taylor, best known as the drummer on Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s classic Deja Vu album, passed away this past weekend at age 66. Taylor’s death was first disclosed by his wife Patti McGovern Taylor on her Facebook page, but has since been reported by numerous sources including Rolling Stone and Ultimate Classic Rock.
Although Taylor is perhaps best remembered for his stint with CSN&Y, he also made memorable music with Stephen Stills brief “solo” band Manassas, as well as with Van Morrison, Paul Butterfield and others. The cause of Taylor’s death has not been disclosed at this time.
Taylor’s death comes less than a week after the passing of bassist Tim Drummond, who worked with Neil Young on most of his classic 1970s albums including Harvest, On The Beach and Comes A Time. It also follows the death of Rick Rosas, who passed away last fall. Rosas worked with Neil Young on and off for three decades, in bands including The Restless and The Blue Notes, most recently filling in for Billy Talbot on Crazy Horse’s European tour dates last year.
Besides his work with Neil Young, Drummond was also one of Bob Dylan’s closest collaborators during his infamous gospel period, co-writing the title track to Saved (the second album in Dylan’s gospel trilogy), and also touring with him during the same period. Rick “The Bass Player” Rosas was a more recent partner, performing with Young on a variety of Neil’s solo projects, and well as on the most recent reunion tours of CSN&Y and Buffalo Springfield.
Neil Young has not commented publicly (at least as far as we know) on this most recent tragic news involving Dallas Taylor. Young is reportedly already at work on a new album, where he is collaborating with Willie Nelson’s sons.
Aside from the eerie timing of all three musicians – arguably best known as “sidemen” with Neil Young – passing so close to each other, it serves as yet another reminder (along with the recent death of Joe Cocker) that for those of us who grew up during Rock’s “Golden Age” in the 1960s and 70s, we seem to be losing more and more of our heroes these days.
And that yes, Time Fades Away. Goodbye and Godspeed, Dallas, Tim and Rick.