R.I.P. Neil Young/Bob Dylan Bassist Tim Drummond
Published Jan 12, 2015Bassist Tim Drummond, who performed with the likes of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, passed away on Saturday (January 10). A cause of death has yet to be revealed, but St. Louis County, MO coroners have said that his death involved "no trauma." He was 74 years old.
Over the years, Drummond undertook several recording sessions and tour cycles, having left a particularly large imprint on Neil Young's discography. Drummond served as the bass player on Young's landmark Harvest from 1972. While he didn't appear on follow-up set Time Fades Away, Drummond would perform on all of Young studio albums between 1974's On the Beach and 1980's Hawks & Doves.
He had also played bass in Young's the Shocking Pinks, the Stray Gators and the International Harvesters, contributing to 1992's Harvest Moon. Drummond capped a 20-year run with Young on the latter's MTV Unplugged performance from 1993.
While Drummond spread his talents around to perform with the likes of J.J. Cale, Ry Cooder, the Beach Boys, Jewel, Eric Clapton and Booker T, he also played a significant role in Dylan's trio of gospel-minded albums: 1979's Slow Train Coming, 1980's Saved and 1981's Shot of Love. In addition to performing bass on the albums, Drummond served as a self-described "semi-bandleader" on the tour behind Slow Train Coming.
His lengthy career also included tours with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and racked up co-writing credits on tracks like Dylan's "Saved," J.J. Cale's "Who's Talking" and Ry Cooder's "Down in Hollywood."
Astrid Young, Neil's half-sister who had performed with Drummond on Harvest Moon, sent out the following condolences over Facebook: "RIP Tim Drummond. Long may you run. xo" Sadly, this is the second Young bassist to have died recently, with Rick Rosas having lost a battle with cancer back in November.