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Tim Drummond, Bassist for Neil Young, Bob Dylan + More, Dies at 74

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Tim Drummond, a bassist who performed with countless legendary rock musicians — including Neil Young, Bob Dylan and many more — died Saturday, Jan. 10 at the age of 74. Rolling Stone reports that the St. Louis County, Mo. coroner’s office has not yet determined a cause of death, however, it’s been said that there wasn’t any trauma involved.

Born in 1940 in Canton, Ill., Drummond would go on to have a remarkable career working and performing with musical greats, including everyone from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (and playing on their notorious 1974 tour) and Conway Twitty to James Brown and Miles Davis. He also appeared on the Beach Boy’s 1976 album, ’16 Big Ones,’ Don Henley’s 1984 record, ‘Building the Perfect Beast’ and Jewel’s 1995 album, ‘Pieces of You.’

Drummond served as bassist on Neil Young’s 1972 album, ‘Harvest,’ and went on to contribute to all of the singer-songwriter’s albums between 1974’s ‘On the Beach’ to ‘Hawks & Doves’ in 1980. He also played bass in Young’s bands, including the Harvesters, the Shocking Pinks and the Stray Gators.

The late bassist also helped pen several songs, including co-writing Dylan’s ‘Saved,’ J.J. Cale’s ‘Who’s Talking’ and Ry Cooder’s ‘Down in Hollywood.’

Our thoughts are with Drummond’s family and friends.

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