Tommy Talton, An American Rock Guitarist and Songwriter, Died after a Fierce Battle with Cancer

Last Updated on December 29, 2023, 7:15 am

Tommy Talton is best known for co-founding Cowboy and collaborating with Gregg Allman

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Tommy Talton, a renowned American rock guitarist and songwriter, passed away after losing a battle with cancer on Thursday, December 28, 2023. He was 74 years old at the time of his untimely death.

What happened to Tommy Talton?

Tommy Talton had been diagnosed with cancer and had been bravely battling with the disease for over five years. On August 10, 2023, he had spinal surgery to remove a tumor on his 11th vertebrae. He announced the success of the operation to his fans on August 27, 2023, and expressed his gratitude towards his well-wishers on his website.

“I am keeping Faith and positivity!” he wrote, “Thank you to all of you who have been praying, sending thoughts of love and encouragement.”

He also thanked everyone who contributed to the fundraiser to help him with his medical expenses. He fiercely fought for his life with the help of Faith and positivity, but sadly, he lost his battle against cancer and passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2023. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and fans during this incredibly challenging time.

Who was Tommy Talton?

Tommy Talton was an American rock guitarist and songwriter. He was born on January 9, 1949. He was exposed to the music of Elvis Presley in the 1950s. When he was eight, he plucked a chord on his uncle’s guitar and fell in love with the instrument. He learned to play guitar when he was 13.

In 1966, he joined the group ‘We The People’ and left it when he was 18. In 1969, he founded the band Cowboy in California along with Scott Boyer, Chuck Leavell, and Bill Stewart. The group recorded four albums from 1971-1977, including Reach For the Sky, 5’ll Getcha Ten, Boyer and Talton: Cowboy, and Cowboy.

He was a close friend of renowned guitarist Duane Allman and went on to play with Gregg Allman on his first tour as a solo artist. He has collaborated with several talented musicians in his career, such as Paul Butterfield, the Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Bramlett, Johnny Rivers, Kitty Wells, and many more.

He has also released six solo albums from 2005 to the present named In Europe: Someone Else’s Shoes, Live Notes From Athens, Let’s Get Outta Here, Until After Then, Somewhere South of Eden and Distant Light, Live At the NuttHouse, and a collaborative album with his Cowboy co-leader Scott Boyer.


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