Larry Taylor
1942 - 2019
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Larry Taylor was the bassist for the blues boogie rock band Canned Heat from 1967 until 1970, performing a legendary set with the band at the original Woodstock. He started as a teenager touring with Jerry Lee Lewis, then became a regular studio bass player for the Monkees. He played bass on many of the Monkees hit songs including “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Valleri,” and “Words.” Taylor played on many of Tom Waits records and toured with him playing upright bass.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 21, 2019.
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May 9, 2020
Sorry to hear you left us in August Larry....It was a pleasure working with you and Canned Heat in the good
years all over North America, Europe, Mexico. I was lucky to see you and Fito again at the Coach House and
Blue Cafe in recent years. We shall ALL meet again some day...Out where the sky meets the sea. RIP
Ron Stender
December 7, 2019
Always THE MOLE.... he now boogies at a new venue along w The Blind Owl , The Bear, and The Sunflower. Killer Lineup/ None Better.
Philip Milano
November 14, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My condolence..
September 27, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the Family's...My condolences...
September 3, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.
September 2, 2019
Valenda Newell
September 2, 2019
All of us that play acoustic bass doing that West Coast Blues thing owe an
Incredible depth of gratitude to the great Larry Taylor.
When I heard him playing on the famous Hollywood Fats record
I just loved and still love that sound he brought from the late forties to
early fifties to all of us in the eighties and beyond. What a giant!

Tyler Pedersen
August 30, 2019
I was playing a canned heat album the day before I heard that he passed. He was an Icon and though I never knew him or his family I want the family to know he touched a world of people with his musical talent. It is very sad to be losing many of our wonderful talented brothers and sisters from an era that tried to instill peace and love. All my prayers to the family.
August 29, 2019
Rip ! Thanks for the music !
August 29, 2019
Love and Blessings to Larry Taylor and his family as he transitions this life.
August 28, 2019
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
August 27, 2019

Taylor Family
our thoughts are with the family
and friends during this difficult time.
an awesome musician
your family will be in my prayers and thoughts!
Mark Aulenbacher
August 27, 2019
Harvey, Fito and Larry in my kitchen, 2010. JB
I first met Larry when I photographed the concert he was playing in with Canned Heat, and the other bands, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was in Edmonton, Alberta in 2010. After the show several of the musicians came to my house for a party, and our friendship began. After that we met again several times, enjoyed some good food and wine together, and I always looked forward to seeing the Larry and the guys when they came up our way. It goes without saying that he was a legendary player in the music world, but I really remember him for his friendship, a fun guy to hang with, and I will miss him a lot. Thank you Larry, for the music, and the fun. My condolences to the family. Jack Bawden
August 27, 2019
Jack Bawden
August 26, 2019
Your the reason I started playing bass.......the sessions with John Mayall are timeless...
Thanx for all the great tunes.. God Speed Larry...
Arthur Delor
August 26, 2019
My condolences as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one. Our prayers are that you find comfort and strength during this trying time.
August 23, 2019
A true legend, and one of America's musical treasures, has gone Home. RIP, Larry.
Curt Brown
August 23, 2019
So sorry for your loss of your loved one, may you heart be healed by your fondest memories of Larry.
August 23, 2019
Ann Stokman
August 22, 2019
I am truly sorry about the tragic passing of your loved ones. May God strengthen your families during this time of loss. Deepest sympathies.
August 22, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Losing our loved ones is never easy but may the love of people that surrounds you soften your grief. May you continue to throw all your burden on to God because He cares for you.
August 22, 2019
Thank you Larry for all the kindness and music youve given all of us,
My condolences to your family
Daphne Russom
August 22, 2019
My condolences to the Taylor family. Mr. Taylor was a legend and will be missed. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss.
August 22, 2019
Larry, there are so many memories travelling together in the late 60's early 70's as the Heater's roadie, then road manager. You are the consummate musician, and easily the best blues bassman ever. Yosay hello to Bob, the Owl, and John Lee, cause you're On the Road Again. Godspeed my friend, and my sincere thoughts for your family's loss, such a large family and friends.
Richard Parins
August 22, 2019
I love Canned Heat. Larry was one of the best bass players. RIP Larry.
Walter Carle
August 22, 2019
I am so sorry for the family's loss. Larry was a friend of of mine, and a customer at my retail store Graphitti in Westwood Village. He also invited me to his house a number times. I only saw him play once Pre Woodstock, in my home town of Rochester NY. The Music World has lost one of the great ones.
David Belmont
August 22, 2019
Rest In Peace...A Fine Musician...his Music will Live On!!!
Paul M. Petit
August 22, 2019
Condolences to the Taylor family.....from an old fan. We will not forget to boogie!
August 22, 2019
RIP the great artist and musical giant.
Gary Burns
August 21, 2019
Dear Taylor Family:

I am sorry for your loss.

If you keep the happier times close in your heart and mind, they will sustain you during this sad time.
August 21, 2019
Our condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the family and all of those whose lives Mr. Larrry touched through his music! May the God of tender mercies and all comfort be with you all during this difficult time.

MM, Brandon MS
August 21, 2019
rest in peace larry you were great in canned heat one of my favorite groups,ray warth hartford west virginia,condolences to the family ,im so sorry for your loss may god be with you all
August 21, 2019
My condolences to Larrys family and all of his fans who appreciated his skills as a bass player. May you receive comfort from each other, your memories and above all the God of all comfort who will help you during this difficult time and beyond.
August 21, 2019
A distinguished musical career. Larry's playing brought much joy to many lives.
August 21, 2019
I never met Larry but he was the man who brought the bass to my attention when I was 14 in 1969. I put a Canned Heat bumper sticker on my fathers car in 1970
Scott Shore
August 21, 2019
I attended the Texas International Pop Festival which took place 2 weeks after Woodstock. Naturally memories are hazy but one I have never forgotten was the Canned Heat late night (3am?) performance on the first 'day'...ESPECIALLY being nearly lifted off the ground by the rumbling low bass tones of Larry Taylor. Thanks for all you did.
Steve Bennett
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