Mel Taylor

Birth Name:
Mel Taylor
Birth Date:
September 24, 1933
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York
Death Date:
August 11, 1996
Place of Death:
Tarzana, California
Cause of Death:
Lung cancer
Cemetery Name:
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries
Claim to Fame:
His name might not be familiar, but music fans young and old would recognize his signature drumbeat on one of the most popular instrumental songs ever recorded – “Hawaii Five-O” by the Ventures. Joining the Ventures after their original drummer was badly hurt in an auto accident, Mel Taylor sat behind the drum kit through an extraordinary 37 charting albums that made the Ventures one of the biggest recording acts in history.

A little known fact is his brother was the bass player for Canned Heat, Larry Taylor.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California, 90068


North America


Grave Location:

Section Maimonides, Lot 3708, Space 2DD

Grave Location Description

As you drive through the gates turn left onto King David Drive and proceed about 100 feet and park on the right. Mel Taylor can be found 27 rows from the road.



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