Photo by Michael Ochs Archives

(L-R) Harvey Mandel, Alan Wilson, Bob Hite, Larry Taylor and Fito De La Parra of the rock band "Canned Heat" pose for a portrait in 1969.

Canned Heat's bassist, Larry Taylor dead at 77

News 22/08/2019

American rock band Canned Heat has announced that their bassist, Larry "The Mole" Taylor has passed away at the age of 77 on 19th August.

The bassist has been a part of Canned Heat since 1967, two years after the band was formed. He passed away after a long 12-year cancer battle at his home in Lake Balboa, California.

The band manager told Billboard that Larry was a great person to be around. "Larry told great stories, funny jokes, was a foodie, wine, record and rock-poster collector, computer whiz and a special human being who really lived for the music."

"Music was his religion. He influenced many of us in different ways, and he will be missed by many throughout the music industry."

Taylor started at a tender age of 18 as a member of Jerry Lee Lewis' touring band. He played bass on several of the Monkees' hit singles as well as the TV show theme and "Last Train to Clarksville". The bassist have also done several sessions for Buddy Guy, Albert King and others. Taylor performed as a part of Canned Heat at the iconic Woodstock '69.

Bassist Larry Taylor performing with American rock group Canned Heat at the Woodstock Music Festival, Bethel, New York, 16th August 1969
Larry Taylor at Woodstock '69. Photo by Tucker Ranson.