Danny Whitten

Danny Whitten
Danny Whitten was a guitarist recruited for Neil Young’s album “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”. Neil had just quit “Buffalo Springfield” and embarked on solo albums. The group was entitled “Neil young and Crazy Horse” which yielded some of Neils most famous tunes. As he has often been known to do Neil drifted off to different projects. In 1972 Neil recruited Danny Whitten to play on his upcoming album. But when Whitten showed up he was unable to perform due to being under the influence of heroin. Neil dismissed him and gave him bus fare for home. Whitten used the money to buy heroin and died from an heroin overdose. “The Needle and the Damage done” is said to be inspired by Whittens death. Danny Whitten died on November 11th, 1972 at the age of 29.

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