Carlos Vega (December 7, 1956 – April 7, 1998) was a Cuban-born Los Angeles-based session drummer best known for his performances with James Taylor. As a part of the L.A. studio scene from the late 1970s through the 1990s, Vega contributed to a wide variety of music during the rise and popularity of the California singer-songwriter movement.
Vega performed with a wide variety of musicians across many genres, including a 13-year collaboration with James Taylor (featured on Live, Hourglass, Never Die Young, and New Moon Shine) and on Olivia Newton-John's double platinum album, Physical. He performed on the soundtrack for the film Grease.
During a break from a James Taylor tour, on April 7, 1998, Vega died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. While most media reports stated that he died at home, it has also been written that his body was found on a deserted road overlooking Los Angeles.
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