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on January 11, 2021.

On January 11, 2021, Howard Lewis Johnson died aged 79. He was musician (tuba, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, trumpet), member and leader of the tuba ensembles Tuba Libre, Substructure, and Gravity. He recorded and performed with some of the world best known musicians and bands, including George Gruntz, Hank Crawford, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp, Hank Mobley, Levon Helm, Tomasz Stanko, Gary Burton, Gábor Szabó, Bob Thiele, Charlie Haden, Jazz Composers, Andrew Hill, Leon Thomas, Johnny Coles, Taj Mahal, Charles Tolliver, The Band, Carla Bley, John Lennon, Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, Jaco Pastorius, Muddy Waters, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Jordan, David “Fathead” Newman,  James Taylor, Jack De Johnette, Jimmy Heath, Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, NDR Big Band, Ray Anderson, Barbara Dennerlein, John Scofield, T. S. Monk, Mario Pavone, and Chet Baker. As leader he released four albums.

On November 10, 2015.

On November 10, 2015, Allen Toussaint died aged 77. He was musician (vocal, piano), songwriter, arranger, and record producer, an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century. His compositions were recorded by many musicians, and he was producer of hundreds of recordings. Toussaint recorded and performed with many musicians including Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Ernie K Doe, Rosemary Butler, Merry Clayton, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Venetta Fields, Etta James, Labelle, John Mayall, Paul McCartney, The Meters, Bonnie Raitt, and The Band. As leader Toussaint released eleven studio albums.

On May 3, 2014.

On May 3, 2014, Robert Grego aka Bobby Gregg, died aged 78. He was musician (drums) and record producer, he was member of the band The Hawks, which later become known as The Band. Gregg was best known for his work with Bob Dylan (Like a Rolling Stone), Simon & Garfunkel (The Sound of Silence), Peter, Paul & Mary and John Cale.

 

On April 19, 2012.

On April 19, 2012, Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm died aged 71. He was singer, multi – instrumentalist and actor, best known as drummer and vocalists for The Band. He sang on Band classics including The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Up on Cripple Creek, Rag Mama Rag, and The Weight. In February 2008, his album “Dirt Farmer” won “Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album”, and in November same year, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Helm at number 91 on its list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.

On January 25, 1996.

On January 25, 1996, Albert Bernard Grossman died aged 58. He was entrepreneur and manager, best known as manager of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Todd Rundgren, Odetta, Gordon Lightfoot and Ian & Sylvia. In 1969 he built the “Bearsville Recording Studio” near Woodstock, and in 1970 he founded “Bearsville Records”.

On October 15, 1973.

moondog_matinee

On October 15, 1973, “Capitol” label released “Moondog Matinee” the fifth The Band studio album. It was recorded March–June 1973, at “Bearsville Sound Studios” in Bearsville, New York; “Capitol Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by The Band. The album consists entirely of cover songs.

Personnel:

  • Rick Danko- bass guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Levon Helm- drums, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Garth Hudson- organ, piano, accordion, synthesizer, clavinet,  tenor saxophone
  • Richard Manuel- acoustic and electric piano, drums, vocals
  • Robbie Robertson– guitars
  • Billy Mundi- drums
  • Ben Keith- pedal steel guitar
  • Mark Harman – engineer
  • Jay Ranellucci – engineer
  • John Wilson – engineer
  • Edward Kasper – artwork

Track listing:

  1. Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence “Frogman” Henry
  2. Holy Cow – Allen Toussaint
  3. Share Your Love (With Me) – Deadric Malone, Alfred Braggs
  4. Mystery Train – Junior Parker, Sam Phillips
  5. Third Man Theme – Anton Karas
  6. Promised Land – Chuck Berry
  7. The Great Pretender – Buck Ram
  8. I’m Ready – Fats Domino, Al Lewis, Sylvester Bradford
  9. Saved – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
  10. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

On August 17, 1970.

Stage Fright

On August 17, 1970, “Capitol” label released “Stage Fright”, the third Band studio album. It was recorded May–June 1970, at “Woodstock Playhouse” in Woodstock, New York, and was produced by The Band.

Personnel:

  • Rick Danko– bass, fiddle, vocals
  • Levon Helm– drums, guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Garth Hudson– organ, electric piano, accordion, tenor saxophone
  • Richard Manuel– piano, organ, drums, clavinet, vocals
  • Robbie Robertson– guitars, autoharp
  • John Simon– baritone saxophone
  • Todd Rundgren– mixing, recording engineer
  • Glyn Johns– mixing engineer

Track listing:

  1. Strawberry Wine – Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson
  2. Sleeping – Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel
  3. Time to Kill – Robbie Robertson
  4. Just Another Whistle Stop – Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel
  5. All La Glory – Robbie Robertson
  6. The Shape I’m In – Robbie Robertson
  7. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show – Robbie Robertson
  8. Daniel and the Sacred Harp – Robbie Robertson
  9. Stage Fright – Robbie Robertson
  10. The Rumor – Robbie Robertson

On July 1, 1968.

Music from Big Pink

On July 1, 1968, “Capitol” label released “Music from Big Pink”, the debut Band studio album. It was recorded in 1968, in Los Angeles and New York, and was produced by John Simon. The album cover illustration was by Bob Dylan.

Personnel

  • Rick Danko— vocals, bass guitar, fiddle
  • Levon Helm— vocals, drums, tambourine
  • Garth Hudson— electronic organ, piano, clavinet, soprano and tenor saxophone
  • Richard Manuel— vocals, piano, organ, drums
  • Jaime Robbie Robertson— vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
  • John Simon— baritone horn, tenor saxophone, piano

Track listing

  1. Tears of Rage – Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel
  2. To Kingdom Come – Robbie Robertson
  3. In a Station – Richard Manuel
  4. Caledonia Mission – Robbie Robertson
  5. The Weight – Robbie Robertson
  6. We Can Talk – Richard Manuel
  7. Long Black Veil – Marijohn Wilki, Danny Dill
  8. Chest Fever – Robbie Robertson
  9. Lonesome Suzie – Richard Manuel
  10. This Wheels of Fire – Bob Dylan, Rick Danko
  11. I Shall be Released – Bob Dylan

 

On March 15, 1977.

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On March 15, 1977, “Capitol” label released “Islands”, the seventh Band studio album. It was recorded December 1976 – January 1977, at ”Shangri-la Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson.

Personnel:

  • Rick Danko– bass guitar, vocals
  • Levon Helm– drums, vocals
  • Garth Hudson– organ, synthesizer, accordion, piccolo, tenor, alto, and baritone saxophones
  • Richard Manuel– acoustic and electric pianos, vocals
  • Robbie Robertson– guitars, vocals
  • James Gordon– flute
  • Tom Malone– trombone
  • John Simon– alto saxophone
  • Larry Packer– violin

Track listing:

All tracks by Robbie Robertson, except where noted.

  1. Right as Rain
  2. Street Walker – Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson
  3. Let the Night Fall
  4. Ain’t That a Lot of Love – Homer Banks, Willia Dean Parker
  5. Christmas Must Be Tonight
  6. Islands – Rick Danko, Gart Hudson, Robbie Robertson
  7. The Saga of Pepote Rouge
  8. Georgia on My Mind – Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell
  9. Knockin’ Lost John
  10. Livin’ in a Dream

On February 27, 1996.

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On February 27, 1996, “Rhino” label released “High on the Hog”, the ninth Band studio album. Iy was recorded in 1995; except “Ramble Jungle”, 1990/1991 and 1995, and “She Knows”, January 19, 1986, and was produced by  Aaron Hurwitz and Garth Hudson.

Personnel:

  • Rick Danko– vocals, acoustic and electric bass, acoustic guitar
  • Levon Helm– vocals, drums, bass guitar, harmonica
  • Garth Hudson– vocals, keyboards, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophone, accordion, organ, trumpet
  • Richard Manuel– vocals, piano
  • Jim Weider– guitars, bass guitar
  • Randy Ciarlante– vocals, drums, percussion
  • Richard Bell– piano, keyboards, keyboard bass, horns
  • Tom Malone– trombone, trumpet and baritone saxophone
  • Ron Finck– tenor saxophone and flute
  • Howard Johnson– baritone saxophone
  • Blondie Chaplin– acoustic guitar and vocals
  • Colin Linden– acoustic guitar
  • Larry Packer– violin and viola
  • Frank Luther– string bass
  • Jason Myles– harp emulation and programming
  • Champion Jack Dupree– vocals
  • Kenn Lending– guitar
  • Rob Leon– bass guitar
  • Maud Hudson, Marie Spinosa, Ian Kimmett– backing vocals
  • Garth Hudson, Richard Bell, Levon Helm, Aaron Hurwitz, Tom Malone – horns arrangements

Track listing:

  1. Stand Up – Bruce Channel, Sonny Throckmorton, Ricky Ray Rector
  2. Back to Memphis – Johnnie Johnson,  Kenney, M. Orr, G. Martin, F. Young, R. Young
  3. Where I Should Always Be – Blondie Chalpin
  4. Free Your Mind – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  5. Forever Young – Bob Dylan
  6. The High Price of Love – Jules Shear, Stan Szelest
  7. Crazy Mama – J.J. Cale
  8. I Must Love You Too Much – Bob Dylan, Helena Springs
  9. She Knows – James Griffin, Robb Royer
  10. Ramble Jungle – Randy Ciarlante, Jack Dupree, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Rob Leon, Jim Weider