A native of Denver, Colorado, Taylor drummed on Crosby Stills & Nash’s eponymous 1969 debut album and their follow-up with Neil Young, 1970’s Déjà Vu. He also performed with the band at Woodstock.
Additionally, Taylor drummed on Stephen Sills’ first solo album and was a member of Stills’ supergroup Manassas. Later, he worked alongside Van Morrison and Paul Butterfield.
Struggles with alcohol and drugs ultimately derailed Taylor’s music career. However, later in life, he became an addiction counselor specializing in interventions and in reuniting alcoholics and addicts with their families.
Tragically, Taylor’s death comes just a week after another CSNY associate, bassist Tim Drummond, passed away at the age of 75.
Below, watch a 1990 profile on Taylor.