Cinnamon Girl  

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"Cinnamon Girl" is a song by Neil Young. It debuted on the 1969 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, which was also Neil's first album with backing band Crazy Horse. It is well known for its opening distorted-guitar riff, which continues through the song. The single reached #55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.

Performance notes

This song, more than any other, displays the very prominent role played by Danny Whitten in the sound of Neil Young's early recordings. It is Crazy Horse's rhythm guitarist who sings the high harmony part, while Neil Young takes care of the low harmony part.

Neil performed the song on his then recently acquired Les Paul, Old Black. This guitar would be used by Neil on his more hard rock material.

The song is written in Double Drop D Tuning (DADGBD), also known by Neil as D Modal Tuning. This tuning is used in several of his most famous songs. ("Cortez the Killer", "Fuckin' Up", "The Loner", "Ohio", "Inca Queen", "The Old Laughing Lady", "Ride My Llama", "When You Dance I Can Really Love")

Notable covers

"Cinnamon Girl" has been covered by several artists, including:

The Prince song "Cinnamon Girl," from his album Musicology, is not a cover but an original song unrelated to Neil Young's.




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