William "Taz" Joel DiGregorio

Born in Worcester, ME on January 8, 1944

Departed on October 12, 2011 and resided in Burns, TN

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DIGREGORIO, William Joel "Taz", Age 67 of Burns, TN, passed away on October 12, 2011, from injuries he sustained in a single car accident in Cheatham County, TN. He was an original member keyboardist, vocals and songwriter of The Charlie Daniels Band for over 40 years. Born on January 8, 1944, in Worcester, MA, he is survived by his mother, Louise LaRochelle, his father, Anthony DiGregorio, his devoted wife, Danielle Elks DiGregorio and their sweet baby dog, Dakota, four children, Joel DiGregorio of Worcester, MA, Blake DiGregorio of Denver, CO, Rachel DiGregorio of Bloomington, IN and Savannah DiGregorio of Nashville, TN, two sisters, Tina Hall of Mesa, AZ and Dara Amore of Carolina, RI. A memorial service for family and friends will be held1:00pm Monday, October 17, 2011, at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home with burial to follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 4pm to 7pm Sunday, October 16, 2011, and 12noon to 1pm Monday, October 17, 2011, at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home.HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville,
TN 615-646-9292.A Celebration of Life will be held 3pm Monday, October 17, 2011, at The Loveless Barn, 8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221.Donations may be made to the Nashville Humane Association or the charity of your choice.

70 Comments to William "Taz" Joel DiGregorio

  1. Kathy Fierro says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God Bless you all. you are in my prayers.

    Kathy Fierro

  2. Carolyn Lamoureux says:

    Dearest Danielle,
    I don’t even have words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss as well as that of family, band and friends. Harley harmonica player absolutely loved Taz and loved being on stage with him. Taz’s smile absolutely lit up a room when he walked in. We’ll be praying for you for the next few weeks and months as you make this transition.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Carolyn Lamoureux

  3. Karen & Jonathan Slaton says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Karen & Jonathan Slaton

  4. Crystal & Terri Fleming says:

    Every memory I have about Taz is happy. I remember how he always believed in my brother, and the issues he faced, though he had never met him face to face before, he allowed my brother to call him for words of encouragement. I remember his snicker of a smile, and how he always treated us like family. I miss my friend, we all do.
    Crystal Fleming

  5. Alex & Joanne Zotos says:

    He was a childhood friend and a adulthood friend. Our sympathies are with you Danielle and the family.

  6. Sue Sanderson says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the DiGregorio family and CDB family, all of the friends and fans who love Taz.

  7. Sue Sanderson says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the DiGregorio family and CDB family, all of the friends and fans who love Taz.

  8. Eddie & Donna Baldwin says:

    we are sorry for your loss.we are keeping you in our prayers. May god wrap his loving arms around you an give you peace

  9. Jim Griffin says:

    Taz. Thank you. Long Island has been with you from the beginning, and we are with you still.God Bless your family. Griff.

  10. Terry L Hurley says:

    A great person and musician. Play on in heaven for the Lord. You will be greatly missed.

  11. Rhonda Hall says:

    Asking God to comfort and strengthen Danielle,family and CDB family in the days ahead.Taz said to me once before he joined Charlie….I’m gonna be a STAR and travel all over the country !!!I said..you think ?..He said..”NO”..”I KNOW,..BECAUSE I SAID SO !!!!!!..HE WAS..AND HE DID !!!..AND A STAR ..HE WAS !!!YOUR WORK ON EARTH IS DONE

  12. Rosie Coleman says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with the family and the band.I remember him from Ma. he was alaways nice and polite to everyone.He will be missed by all who knew him.

  13. kim tallent says:

    on behalf of my family, we send up prayers for the family to our Father in Heaven… Thank U Taz for the wonderful gift of music!
    always kim & family

  14. Gina says:

    He will be ir-replaceable for his contribution to the music legacy, but his roadwork is now complete. God has called him home. He brought miles of smiles to everyone whose lives he touched with his music. He gave his light to the world, in his own way, which will be his enduring legacy. Rest easy and Thank You.

  15. Jackie Redmond says:

    RIP. May the Lord be with you and your family at this time, and always. He was a nice man and a very talented individual. Life will never be the same, but I think he enjoyed every minute.

  16. Donnie says:

    Taz will be missed by all who knew him my prayers and thoughts are with his family and with the Charlie Daniels Band and their family

  17. Mark and Dorinda Coates says:

    Sorry to hear the news of the passing of “Taz”- We have seen him many times in concert and had always enjoyed watching him perform. We had met him several times backstage with Charlie Daniels and he was always glad to talk to you , sign autographs and have pictures taken with his fans. He will be missed. Our prayers are going out to his family.

  18. Rich and Peggy Kuhn says:

    We wish the family of William “Taz”Joel DiGregorio God’s blessings and peace for all sides of the members at this difficult time.
    Taz was a great Music Man full of love for his family, friends, and fans, and wanted Peace for all family members as well as friends as he travelled about bringing musical joy and smiles to faces of his fans of all ages.
    Rich met Taz in 1982 in Denver, and since then Taz became such a good friend and mentor to him, as he showed much kindness and care to Rich as he struggled in this life.
    He said to thank God for the blessings of living in America, no matter how difficult it should get. Taz also mentored Rich to validate the people today that he loves, not to forget them Taz welcomed Peggy, Rich’s wife, as part of the fan family as well, and mentored both of us to be good to each other, and always told us that if we needed a good reference for a job he was there. And he was.
    You are missed our friend. God Bless.

  19. Chuck Sarvis says:

    Taz and CDB has given me and many others alot of memories RIP

  20. Eddie Stone says:

    I will miss you brother.

  21. harry halcomb says:

    roll mississippi ths for all the great tunes and hard work . i will always remember the piano from the CDB love and prays for the family God bless TAZ

  22. Patrick Netherly says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the DiGregorio Family,and the Charlie Daniels Band. I feel like I lost one of my own family. I first saw the CDB play at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in 1982. I was at their concert in Cheyenne on July 24th of this year. Taz was a great keyboard player and songwriter. He will be missed by all of us…

  23. David & Lynn Choate says:

    Taz will be truly missed,Prey our Lord Jesus Christ holds the family in the pulm of his hand at your time of sorrow.Taz is home and will be seen again some day.May he rest in peace.

  24. Rose Mary Mompie says:

    You are in my prayers, May God give you comfort.

  25. Gard Holtet says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you all
    Thanks for the music you made with the CDB band that gave me lots of good memories.
    My prayer sgo out to his family and friends.

  26. David Korn says:

    Im am so sad to hear the news Bless you Taz and the band God is with you all

  27. Ett Bennett says:

    May you forever rest in peace and harmony Mr. DiGregorio. Having been blessed with the talent you had has been God’s gift to us. Your music and singing have been a huge part of my life, my children’s lives and now my grandchildren. I pray for your family in their time of grief. You know I was just thinking……the Lord’s band of singing angels just got a whole lot more harmonious. I was blessed to have been present at the CDB’s concerts at least five times and I loved everyone of them. You are one of the best. God bless you eternally.

  28. Shaun & Barbara Kenyon says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Taz’s family, Charlie and to all who knew him. He was a true gentleman.

  29. Mary Boggs says:

    Our hearts and prayers go out for the family, friends and many fans; but also to CDB who was a part of his life. He will be missed. But we know where he is and will be reunited with him. Praying for God’s peace and love in this time of shock and sorrow and in the days to come. Love and Prayers,
    Mary and family

  30. Mike Owings says:

    Rest In Peace my friend. As a young musician, you encouraged me to follow my dream. I was fortunate enough to tour with you for a year in 1999-2000 while I was a guitarist in Molly Hatchet during The Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam Tour. You were always so positive and I know heaven is rejoicing by having you there with all the other angels who gave touched our lives and were called home to be with our Savior; Jesus. Thank you for all you have given me.

  31. Mike Owings says:

    Rest In Peace my friend. As a young musician, you encouraged me to follow my dream. I was fortunate enough to tour with you for a year in 1999-2000 while I was a guitarist in Molly Hatchet during The Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam Tour. You were always so positive and I know heaven is rejoicing by having you there with all the other angels who have touched our lives and were called home to be with our Savior; Jesus. Thank you for all you have given me.

  32. Michael says:

    To the family of Taz Digregorio:
    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of my old friend Taz this past week. One very nice memory I will cherish is that, 34 days ago, Sept. 11, 2001, I did spend a few hours with Taz in Webster, and before we parted, we did manage to get a photo together, which I will cherish forever. Keep banging those keys my old friend. May you rest in eternal peace

  33. Sam Smathers says:

    We will miss you. Love and prayers to all.

  34. Annette & Carroll Farmer says:

    Taz Jesus called and you answered our loss is Heaven’s reward for surley today Taz you are playing in the heavenly band we will miss you as you look down from heaven know that you will never be forgotten by
    millions of fans your wonderful smile you was never to busy to say hello to the fans and the Love you had for the Charlie Daniel’s Band
    and your best friend Charlie you will remain in all of our hearts for as long as we live our life was touched by Love for your fans it is imporant to your family to make sure that they will see you in Heaven some day and ole the rejoicing that will be for ever looking forward to the day when we get to heaven and say Taz do that song just one more time so until we meet in Heaven rest in peace..God Bless all your family you are in our prayers….

  35. Norm Sanderson says:

    It is not easy to say goodbye to a great man whom I’ve been blessed to see perform since my high school years through ’76. Taz you are my connection to the great Southern Bands of that era. I cannot say goodbye. Can I ask that you welcome me when I arrive in sweet Heaven ?

  36. Jerry and Claudia McDonald says:

    My heart goes out to Taz’s family wish I could make it to the services but due to schedules I’ll be there in spirt.Taz was a man that always had a moment to say ” How’s it going?” when he was in town.I meet him in 1975 at Capricorn Studios through my brother and the friendship was made.I will truely miss him and miss that big smile.

  37. john coyle says:

    My prayers and condolences to the family of Taz and the CDB family.Although we never met you gave me a gift of music that along with the rest of the great Southern bands became the soundtrack of my life.But it was Taz and the CDB that started it all for me with The Devil Went Down To Georgia at the Nassau Coliseum in 1979.Next thing i was the only 15 yr old in the neighborhood wearing a cowboy hat and a rebel flag on my jean jacket.I will always be thankful for the music.It defined me.TAZ,May you rest in peace.

  38. Mary Pitman says:

    The shock has finally worn off and I was finally able to cry.
    I’ve known Taz for 38 years. I’ve seen him hundreds of times over the years. I feel like a part of my soul died.
    He was healthy, full of life and looking forward to getting his new CD out. It’s hard enough when you finally lose someone who has had a lingering illness. But to lose them in the blink of an eye gives no time for anticipatory grief. You never think that the last conversation you had with him might be the final one.
    Taz was a brilliant musician, a friend with unwavering loyalty, a nice guy who was stubbornly opinionated but always true to who he was.
    I’m going to miss him so much.
    To his family and Charlie, I can’t find the words to express my sorrow for your loss. Know that I feel your pain.
    Blessings to you.

  39. Melissa Martin says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are extended to family and friends. We’ve enjoyed many years of his music from the Volunteer Jams in the 70s to a birthday party concert in a field in Mt. Juliet area…he made music memories for many.

  40. Terry Abernathy says:

    Taz, you will always be in my heart my friend.I’d rather share and remember the good times.I remember in 1984, you, Larry, Cindy and myself at the drive through at Wendy”s, you set my hair on fire with your cigarette.We all had a big laugh.Thank you my friend for all the memories, Love You always and Godbless you..Terry….

  41. Terry Abernathy says:

    Taz, you will always be in my heart my friend.I’d rather share and remember the good times.I remember in 1984, you, Larry, Cindy and myself at the drive through at Wendy”s, you set my hair on fire with your cigarette.We all had a big laugh.Thank you my friend for all the memories, Love You always and Godbless you..Terry….

  42. Larry Brown Abernathy says:

    Taz,will always remember the good times. You will be missed, Godbless my friend…. Larry Brown Abernathy

  43. Tony Heatherly says:

    Taz was a wonderful friend and a fellow musician. I feel so honored to have shared the same stages with him when I was with the Toy Caldwell Band and The Marshall Tucker Band. He will be greatly missed by all.I send condolences to his family and May God be with them during such a sad time. I am sure he is now in God’s heavenly band.

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  45. Billy Boggs says:

    Taz was one of the finest people and musicians, our condolences and prayers go out to the friends and family

  46. Terry Schultz says:

    My prayers to you and your family. We all lost a friend that will be in are hearts forever.

    if you need any thing let me know

  47. Pat Higdon McMurtry says:

    Danielle, I’m so sorry to learn of your great loss. My prayers are with you and family. May God walk with you during this difficult time.

  48. Chris Baird says:

    Although I only new Taz as a fan, he always made me feel like a friend. Several times he talked to me like I was one of the band members and not just a fan. I feel fortunate that I got to meet Taz and spend a small amount of time with him. The DiGregorio and CDB family will be in my prayers, God Bless !

  49. Debby Dolan says:

    Wednesday night we lost a good friend, wonderful man, and a Magnificent musician. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. You will be missed by so many. RIP Joel “Taz” DiGregorio. Peace & Love Debby

  50. Kevin & Libby Conard says:

    While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. We will miss TAZ more than words can say. God must have needed a great piano man. RIP our dear dear friend. We love you; Libby & Kevin..

  51. Tom DiGregorio says:

    Taz was always a passionate man about life, his music and family.Taz touched millions with his passion. As a cousin from his home town and a friend and fan for so many years, I am proud to have been part of his incredible life. He will be missed by all. Rest in Peace Cuz…………

  52. Morton Siegel says:


    Coots and I would like to convey our deepest sympathy on your great loss. Taz was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

    Mort Siegel

  53. Bill Yarbrough says:

    from deep in my heart I’m so sorry for you and your family Lost……
    Bill Yarbrough “Bilbro”
    Will Miss you TAZ……My Heart is heavy …. I will see
    again my Brother

  54. Al Thomas/Sam Sanchez says:

    Danielle, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you. Al Thomas and Sam Sanchez and the rest of the staff at Sperry’s and Sam’s.

  55. Matt Cook says:


    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Taz was a wonderful person and Diane and I will always remember the laughs we shared during dinner in Broomfield. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  56. Joe Kalmer says:

    I’ve been a big fan of Taz and the band for many, many years. I had the privilege of meeting Taz a few times back stage. He was always a gentleman to me and my family, graciously posing for pictures. My wife, daughters and I extend our heartfelt sympathies. We also feel his loss.

  57. Jack Saunders says:

    Thank you for being part of the music that had brought much join to many of us.God’s peace upon the family and friends of Taz..God Bless you..We will never forget you..

  58. Ann Sharfner Radford says:

    Danielle & Family,

    May time and cherished memories help to gently ease the loss you bare. I have you in prayer.

  59. carl joseph larsen says:

    my condolences to all members of the family.he was my friend.

  60. Darrell Soltesz says:

    My sincere condolences to all members of The DiGregorio Family. I enjoyed meeting with Taz years ago opening for The CDB, with my band “High Noon”. Taz was a true gentlemen and consumate professional. I appreciated our times meeting up in Nashville. You will always be appreciated!! Thank you brother, for the opportunity to know you! ~Double D http://www.DarrellSoltesz.com

  61. Woody Elliott says:

    My thought and prayers are with you. It was an honor and thrill to have met Taz at the Alabama Fair last year. I have his autograph and purchased his album. Thank you Taz! God Bless!

  62. Gerry Manseau says:

    Taz we will always cherish the gift you had and shared with US. The people from your hometown grieve with the rest of CDB nation Sleep Well..

  63. Jay says:

    God bless the family in this time of sadness and loss. “Taz” will never be forgotten.

  64. Carol White says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  65. Joel and Sherryl Brown says:

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Taz’s death. We met him in the early 80’s when the CDB sent our late handicapped daughter tickets and back stage passes to see them after she almost died with multiple illnesses when she was 5 years old. She loved the CDB until she passed away 3 years ago. Please know that we will forever have a place in our hearts for him and for his part in what they did for our daughter. We have many good pictures of Taz, Charlie and the boys. You will be in our prayers. God bless you.

  66. Lucille Bernier Wright says:

    Louise, Dara, Tina It’s been many, many years since Walker Rd. Never have we not cheered Joel on. He made it. He truly will never be forgotten. A great man. So deeply sorry for the entire family that I and my daughter Robin knew,,and for his family,.. and all he knew and loved. He will always be remembered..My deepest sympathy to all. Love,prayers and peace forever. Love Lucille

  67. Murph says:

    Ive known Taz for over 40 years he will be missed. Happy Trails My Friend Dan Murph The Surf Murray Cleveland Ohio

  68. Tommy Shortt says:

    He will be missed what a Great Guy he was Good to me I’m a singer too I Remember He Help get me up to sing at Charlie Danlies Fan club party in Nashville Tennessee. I had met Him a Few years Befor that He would give me edvice about the music Bizzness. I will never forget that
    Rest in Peace my Friend Taz!

  69. louise larochelle says:

    MISS YOU MY WONDERFU SON YOUR PHONE CALLS,YOUR PICTURES FROM BABY TILL LAST YEAR it will be one year soon and I ask god to keep you saft. watch you rattle the key boards on my compurter tears when you sing GO ON AND DREAM love you joel YOU WERE MY LOVE OF MY LIFE MA

  70. Greg Piccione says:

    No words can even express the sorrow and sadness,even after over a year. We miss you Uncle.