Tim Drummond, the bassist who performed on record and on tour with Neil Young, CSN, and others during the 19970s, has died, according to a report in Rolling Stone. He was 74 years old. No cause of death has been given at this time.
Born in Illinois, Drummond moved around the country a lot as a child as a result of his father’s military service. Drummond initially picked up guitar, but he switched to bass before getting a gig as a member of Conway Twitty’s band. After Twitty moved away from rockabilly in favor of straight country, Drummond left Illinois for Cincinnati, where he joined James Brown’s touring band. While living in Nashville, Drummond had a chance encounter with Neil Young which would lead to the bassist cementing his place in rock history as he played on Young’s classic album Harvest.
Drummond soon moved to California, where he began working as a session musician. Drummond’s work can be heard on albums by the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) Bob Dylan (Slow Train Coming, Saved), The Beach Boys (16 Big Ones), JJ Cale, Ry Cooder, and many more. Drummond also backed Young as a member of The Shocking Pinks, and he worked with Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, and Taj Mahal on the soundtrack to the film The Hot Spot.