Crazy Horse is best known as Neil Young's backing band, but in 1971 they released their self-titled, debut album that proved they could stand on their own. A creative force in the group was Danny Whitten, their rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist.
Whitten wrote this song, which is a touching ballad about a man so heartbroken that he doesn't want to talk about his pain, asking his lover to simply listen to his heart.
Whitten was battling a heroin addiction at the time and died a year later when on November 18, 1972 he overdosed on Valium and alcohol.Nils Lofgren
, who was also in Crazy Horse, recalls in the book 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "Danny was a very soulful man and a good man and he was the one who got me in Crazy Horse. I loved his song, 'I Don't Want To Talk About It,' and I think it is one of the greatest ballads ever. It has a very haunting lyric and put two lines into the song because Danny was so ill when he recorded it. He could still sing and play but he wasn't bothered with much else. We said, 'Danny, we've got to do this song, it's a great song' and he said, 'It needs a second verse' and this went on for months. He never could get it together and then we were in the studio and got in an argument, and he said, 'Okay, well, one of you write it.' I left the studio and wrote a couple of lines quickly and I said,'What about these'' and he said, 'Fine, let's do it'. Danny and I sat opposite each other with acoustic guitars and Ry Cooder was playing slide on his lap and it came out beautifully."