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Rick Danko: Audio Clips

Norfolk County native Rick Danko sang lead and played bass, violin, trombone, etc., in a quintet of musicians called The Band -- a group       that Eric Clapton said "changed popular music forever."
The Band's music was historical country rock, mixed with gospel and blues, played by five veteran jazz musicians, including three lead vocalists, who collectively played almost two dozen instruments. To fully appreciate the music you have to listen to the CDs or at least rent The Last Waltz video, now available on DVD. The Windows Media Player-compatible 30-second MP3 clips below, provide few of The Band's legendary hooks or trademark mid-song surprises. They merely overview a few of the songs that are the group's legacy.
 In the Beginning  
Bo Diddley They started out as the Hawks backing Ronnie Hawkins
All Along the Watchtower  Then backed Bob Dylan when he 'went electric'
 The Hits  
The Weight The 1968 career-maker The Band will be remembered for.
Rick sings second lead (not in this clip)
Up On Cripple Creek The 1969 follow-up which cemented their legend
The Night They
Drove Old Dixie Down
Drummer Levon Helm's signature tune about the Civil War.
Joan Baez's version was a hit single. Rick on bass, violin.
Life is a Carnival The Band's 1972 Canadian chart topper
 Favorite Album Cuts  
Long Black Veil Rick sings lead. From 1968 Music from Big Pink LP
Chest Fever Garth winds up the organ to start this song, Rick plays bass and violin. From 1968 Music from Big Pink LP 
This Wheel's on Fire by Bob Dylan & Rick Danko. Rick sings lead. #5 in Britain for Julie Driscoll. Theme for Absolutely Fabulous.
In a Station Stratford's Richard Manuel sings lead
Unfaithful Servant Rick sings lead on this one
Across the Great Divide Richard Manuel sings lead; plays piano, sax
Rick plays bass and trombone
Rag Mama Rag Rick sings background, plays violin
Look Out Cleveland Rick sings back up
King Harvest Richard Manuel sings lead
Cadelonia Mission Rick sings lead, Richard sings back up
Rocking Chair Stratford's Richard Manuel sings lead
When You Awake Rick sings lead
The Shape I'm In from 1970 Stage Fright album, Richard sings lead
W S Walcott Medicine Show  from 1972 Rock of Ages double album (recorded live)
Rock 'n Roll Shoes from 1972 Rock of Ages double album (recorded live)
It Makes No Difference Rick sings lead; from 1975 Northern Lights album
Ophelia from 1975 Northern Lights Southern Cross album
Acadian Driftwood from 1975 Northern Lights Southern Cross album
Stage Fright Rick sings lead. From 1976 The Last Waltz soundtrack
Evangeline from 1976 The Last Waltz soundtrack. Rick sings first lead
Remedy from 1993 Jericho CD. Without Robbie Robertson or late Richard Manuel, The Band made some noise with this one
 Rick's Solo Career
Once Upon A Time Rick, recorded live at Madison Square Gardens
Small Town Talk from Rick's self-titled first solo album, released in 1977