The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (from The Last Waltz)

One of the best songs from one of the coolest concerts ever. The Last Waltz was The Band’s farewell concert in 1976. Scorcese filmed it, and it became one of the most renowned music documentaries / concert films of all time. Special guests Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles, Neil Young and co. sat in. Truly historical. Would’ve loved to have been there! I’ve always appreciated The Band’s storytelling. There used to be more of that in lyrics…

This was quite possibly Levon Helm’s finest moment – he sang it with all his heart and soul, like it was the last song he would ever sing.

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