Billy Talbot

William Hammond Talbot (born October 23, 1943[1]) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the bassist of Crazy Horse.

Billy Talbot
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Ralph Molina (drums), Billy Talbot (bass), Neil Young (guitar) in 2012
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Hammond Talbot
Born (1943-10-23) October 23, 1943 (age 78)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician

Music careerEdit

Born in New York City, Talbot started his musical career singing on street corners at the age of 14. He moved to New Jersey with his family the next year, and by 17 he had moved to Los Angeles. There, he befriended fellow expatriate New Yorker Ralph Molina, Danny Whitten and Benjamin Rocco. Together they formed a doo-wop group called Danny and the Memories.[2] After moving the group to San Francisco, they morphed into The Psyrcle, which eventually grew to encompass Leon and George Whitsell along with Bobby Notkoff. At this point, Talbot and his bandmates renamed the group The Rockets.[2]

In 1967, the group met Neil Young, who at the time was a member of Buffalo Springfield. This meeting saw Molina, Whitten, and Talbot join forces with Young to create Crazy Horse.

Talbot began performing solo in 1999 at small venues.[2] In October 2004, Talbot struck out on his own with The Billy Talbot Band, releasing the album Alive in the Spirit World on Sanctuary Records.[3] In 2013, the band released their second album On the Road to Spearfish on Vapor Records.[4]

In 2013 Talbot joined forces with Ralph Molina, George Whitsell and Ryan James Holzer to form the band Wolves. They released their first album Wolves EP on February 16, 2014.[5] In June 2014, Talbot suffered a minor stroke and was forced to sit out Crazy Horse's imminent European tour.[6] He successfully recovered and has since rejoined the band.


  1. ^ "Memorable Music Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  2. ^ a b c Selvin, Joel (January 23, 2000). "Young's Bassist Has Crazy Idea: Go Solo". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 1, 2009.
  3. ^ "CD Review: The Billy Talbot Band". Glide Magazine. September 24, 2004. Retrieved September 1, 2009.
  4. ^ "On The Road To Spearfish with Crazy Horse's Billy Talbot". August 8, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Wolves". Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Neil Young, Crazy Horse Bassist Billy Talbot Suffers Mild Stroke". Rolling Stone. June 30, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2016.

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