June 23, 2005
The Last Waltz
According to guitarist Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan's backup band resisted all conformity, even naming their ensemble. After getting their own recording contract, the record company pressed them for a group name, but had to settle for simply The Band. I think that's the perfect name for them: Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, and Robbie Robertson.
Richard Manuel passed away in '87, RIP.
Rick Danko passed away in '99, RIP.
A good friend of mine who is also a bass player knew Rick and says this: "He was one of the best and most original bass players of all time, plus he had a great voice and one of the kindest hearts ever".
If you have never seen the film "The Last Waltz" please do yourself a favor and rent it. Do you recognize the people in the photo above? There were so many performers I can't list them all here (maybe later). In this photo:
Check it out, here are the people above and their film credits. Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Rick Danko, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson in United Artists' The Last Waltz