In Memoriam: Larry Taylor
Sad news to share: Larry Taylor has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 77 years old.
Nicknamed “The Mole,” Taylor was the founding bassist for Canned Heat and played with the band from 1967 to 1970, including spots at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. The band was known for their hits “Going Up the Country,” “Let’s Work Together,” and “On the Road Again,” all of which featured a boogie rock anchored by the bassist. He would reunite with his Canned Heat bandmates until the late Nineties.
Aside from Canned Heat, Taylor was a hardworking session bassist who worked with The Monkees (hear him on “Last Train to Clarksville” and the Monkees theme) as well as Jerry Lee Lewis, John Mayall, Tom Waits, Albert King, Buddy Guy, and more. He continued playing the rest of his life and worked with John Hammond Jr, Kim Wilson, and John Lee Hooker. Taylor was scheduled to perform with Canned Heat at Woodstock 50 before it fell apart last month.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Larry “The Mole” Taylor.