Music – 1978 – The Band – The Weight + Old Time Religion + The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down

The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals, fiddle), Garth Hudson (keyboards, accordion, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, drums, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals) and Levon Helm (drums, vocals, mandolin, guitar). The members of the Band first came together as rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’s Toronto, Ontario-based backing group, The Hawks, which they joined one by one between 1958 and 1963. In 1964, they separated from Hawkins…

Music – 1970 – The Staple Singers – The Weight – Take A Load Off Annie

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group…..as Roebuck “Pops” Staples was the patriarch of the family….who formed the group with his children Cleotha,  Pervis and Mavis….whereby Yvonne replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army….and again in 1970. They are best known for their 1970’s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go…

Music – 1976 – Bob Dylan + The Band + Et Al – I Shall Be Released – Performed At The Last Waltz

“I Shall Be Released“ is a 1967 song, written by Bob Dylan…..as The Band recorded the first officially released version of the song for their 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink, with Richard Manuel singing lead vocals….and Rick Danko and Levon Helm harmonizing in the chorus. The song was also performed near the end of the Band’s 1976 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, in…

Music – 1976 – The Band – Ophelia Where Have You Gone – Sung At Their Last Waltz Concert

  After touring with as Bob Dylan’s band in 1966….and because they were always “the band” to various front men and the locals in Woodstock….member Levon Helm said the name “the Band” worked well when the group came into its own. The group began performing as the Band in 1968….and went on to release ten studio albums….as Dylan…

Music – 1976 – The Band – The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down – From The Last Waltz Concert

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down“ is a song written by Robbie Robertson and originally recorded by the Canadian roots rock group The Band in 1969….and released on their second album….with Levon Helm providing the lead vocals. The song is a first-person narrative relating the economic and social distress experienced by the protagonist….who was a poor white Southerner during the last year…

Music – 1976 – The Band – The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down

DOG ASIDE: The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group….including Rick Danko on bass guitar and vocals… Garth Hudson on keyboards, organ and saxophone….Richard Manuel on keyboards and vocals….Robbie Robertson on lead guitar and vocals….and Levon Helm on drums and vocals…..as seen in this video herewith where he sings lead on The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down….which is one of The Band‘s most famous hits. …

Music – 1976 – Special – The Last Waltz – The Band + Bob Dylan + Eric Clapton + Muddy Waters + Et Al

DOG COMMENTARY:  This music documentary made movie featuring The Band and many other famous musical groups and performers was directed by legendary director Martin Scorcese….so, we thought we’d tell some things about Scorcese…..as the music speaks for itself. Martin Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor and film historian….whose career spans more than 50 years…..with a body…

Music – Movie Special – The Last Waltz – The Band & Bob Dylan & Van Morrison & More

DOG COMMENTARY: For many years, I have been a big fan of Hollywood movie director Martin Scorsese…..for with films like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, King of Comedy, Color of Money, Casino, Goodfellows, Cape Fear, The Departe, The Aviator, Hugo, The Age of Innocence, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and The Wolf of Wall Street….how could a movie fan…

The Band & Emmy Lou Harris – Evangiline, Evangeline – The Night They Drove Dixie Down

DOG ASIDE: The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group….originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, trombone, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, baritone, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, percussion, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly…