Dallas Taylor was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Drummer who played with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. He also played drums with other major players in the rock scene such as: Jimi Hendrix, Paul Butterfield, Janis Joplin, The Doors and more. Dallas appeared in the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair with CSNY. Dallas was retired from music and was a certified addiction interventionist.
You got a little carried away with the questions there. I started playing drums at the age of 11 I had my first band I joined my first band when I was 11/12 enjoying my second band when I was 14 and we toured all of Texas and Arizona. Texas was full of Army and Air Force bases. The drummer that influenced me more and most of all was Gene Krupa Great drummer from the 40s. After my parents died I came out to California to try to put a band together with the guitar player friend of mine. We formed a band called Clear Light and was signed to Elektra records. Our first release was in 1967. That band broke up in 1968. I then met Stephen Stills through a friend of mine we made a demo together and went our separate ways. I really met Stephen at John Sebastian's recording with his solo album after he quit the Loving Spoonful. John Sebastian is the one that discovered me. I then met Stephen and Graham and David during the John Sebastian sessions. They were singing background. It sounded so good that they decided to put a band together. I was invited in and we recorded the first CSN album. We then had to find a bass player, so Steven and I traveled Europe looking for another member of the band so we can tour. It took a couple of months in the studio to record the first CSN album. We toured with Neil Young having asked him to join the band and our second gig was Woodstock. We then toured Europe with Neil Young and CSN It took almost a year to record Déjà Vu and it was downhill from there. I've played drums with Jimi Hendrix, The doors Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Bill Wyman from the Stones. I also toured with a guy named Paul Butterfield of the Paul Butterfield blues band, Van Morrison and others. My career was interrupted due to my drug and alcohol use. I know longer play drums. I work with addicts and alcoholics to help them recover as I have. If you want more details you can purchase my titled Prisoner of Woodstock. Regards Dallas Taylor
1. Where did you grow up and what kind of music were you exposed to at an early age? 2. How old were you when you started playing drums and what where your first few drum sets? Did you take lessons? 3. What drummers did you like at this time. Who were your influences? 4. When did you form your first band? Where did you play your first few gigs? 5. How did you start becoming a session musician and how did you get your first big break? 6. How long did it take to record the CSN first release and The subsequent CSNY stuff? 7. Who else did you play with in the studio? 8. Did you ever tour with any other bands. What were some memorable concerts that you have had? 9. Did you enjoy playing the blues with Paul Butterfields band? 11. What are you doing these days. I see you have an Intervention program. 12. Do you still play the drums? 13. What type of music do you like these days? What is in your CD player right now? 14. Do you have any other hobbies? What do you enjoy doing these days? Thanks for taking this time. It certainly is an honor.
answered questions 8/10/13
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Interview conducted by Robert von Bernewitz.
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