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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Stanford Guitar, Oct 18, 2020.
Robbie Robertson is the epitome of cool.
I always thought so too until I read Levon's book. I'm still a big fan of The Band and watch The Last Waltz at least annually.
Ronnie was a lucky guy.
He was sorely out-classed by his sidemen.
If it had not been for Ronnie the The Band wouldn’t have happened period. Many others who were part of his backing band over the years went on to good musical careers. Speaking of the Last Waltz the story goes that The Hawk almost kicked Albert Grossman’s ass backstage. Albert was The Band’s manager and had been Bob Dylan’s manager and Janis Joplin’s as well. Ronnie ALWAYS had excellent backing bands and any time someone in Grossman’s roster needed a good band he’d make whomever the current Hawks were an offer they couldn’t refuse. Ronnie’d whip em into shape and Grossman would Shanghai em... at least that’s how Ronnie felt... the two finally came face to face at TLW.
The Hawk... one part singer, two parts entertainer, three parts P.T. Barnum.
He came north and provided a university degree of hard knocks to countless musicians. At the time they first met, the Hawk was way bigger than The Band. As he did with so many musicians, he gave them the experience they needed then let them fly into the wild.
IMO... the Hawks greatest attribute was that he never laid claim to any musician. He recognized talent, gave them a job, and when they were ready to move on he encouraged them.
one of my favorite song songs ever! thanks for posting!
I’m well aware of RH’s history, but you’re right.
There’s no teacher like experience.
I love the Band’s versatility and soul.
Levon’s drumming is superlative, as well as his singing.
I also love Rick Danko’s voice, and understated bass playing.
Garth lent musical intelligence and and Robbie is as good a songwriter as it gets.
Richard was brilliant, and tragic.
I didn’t get the band when I was young.
To me, they sounded old, and kinda square.
Like I said, I was young.
They left us with great riches.
Exactly my experience.
I'm embarrassed to to say, but it was only about 20 years ago that the light bulb actually turned on