Neil Young & Crazy Horse
When hugely influential Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young decided he needed a backing band after disappointment with his debut solo album in 1968, he recruited guitarist Danny Whitten, bass player Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina from California psychedelic folk band The Rockets - who'd recently released their own self-titled debut album. Young re-christened them Crazy Horse and recorded his Everybody Knows This is Nowhere album with them, including hit single Cinnamon Girl. They worked with Young again on three tracks of his breakthrough album, After The Goldrush, before releasing their own self-titled 1971 album, including Danny Whitten's classic song I Don't Want To Talk About It (later covered by Rod Stewart), produced by Jack Nitzsche, who also played keyboards. Fighting drug problems, however, Whitten died in 1972. After a period working with Nils Lofgren and pedal steel player Ben Keith, Crazy Horse found a permanent replacement in guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampredo in time to work with Young on the classic albums Zuma, Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust, as well as Crazy Horse's own album Crazy Moon. They continued to work sporadically with Young, including 1990's Ragged Glory.
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