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The Band Guestbook, December 1999

Below are entries in the Band guestbook from December 10 1999.

Rick Danko died on the morning of December 10. The guestbook traffic was very heavy in this period. Some entries were lost or truncated due to server overload.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 02:46:44 CET 1999 from (63.25.237.159)

Kathy

Today is truly a sad day. The world has lost an incredible man. Rick had a heart of gold. He would do a benefit each year for the domestic violence shelter that I run. He was a gifted musician and caring man. I will miss you Rick, more then you will ever know.
Love,
Kathy


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:58:56 CET 1999 from spider-tf054.proxy.aol.com (152.163.197.199)

Linda

From: Long Island , N.Y.

Truly a sad day. For twenty years seeing and hearing Rick live has brought peace into our frazzled lives. You are free Rick... rock on...... 4 ever threaded in my soul.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:57:40 CET 1999 from max01-rg-18.rg.anc.net (216.152.24.19)

David Francis

From: Arkansas

I've spent many hours of my forty-three years harmonising with Rick and Richard and Levon and was even fortunate enough to see them perform in Fayetteville, Ar. when they were there filming the movie "Man Outside" in the early 1980s. I will never forget Ricks boyish grin and his interaction with the audience as the Band performed. He loved what he did and he shared it with us all. I will miss him.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:56:24 CET 1999 from h0050041953cf.ne.mediaone.net (24.218.178.205)

dR. UGG

From: QUINCY MA.

SO,SO, SAD NO MORE "RICK AND ROLL" IS THIS WHAT IS MENT BY THE DAY THE REAL MUSIC DIED? TO HIS FAMILY WHO KNEW HIM BEST, STAY STRONG AND YOU WON'T GO WRONG. FATHER AND SON BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. GOD MUST BE PUTTING TOGETHER A HELL OF A BAND TO NEED RICK NOW. MY SMIL;E WON'T GO AS WIDE AS IT USED TO ANYMORE . FOR THOSE OF US GREAVING NOW SOMETHING WILL ALWAYS BE MISSING. GOD BLESS YOU RICK AND GOOD BY :0(


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:56:16 CET 1999 from alb4-as5200-16-208.termserv.net (208.20.67.175)

TSaxMan16

From: My Bedroom

Even though I'm only 16 years old, I know what Rick meant to alot of people, to his friends, and his family. I'm very sorry to hear about what has happened, and want to send my condolences to Elizabeth, Lisa, and Justin. I feel the feelings of pain and loss that a lot of people are going through, especially my Mom.

BTW - My Mom wants me to thank all the people that emailed her today.

Rest in peace, Rick. May the wind be at your back.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:55:27 CET 1999 from ts134-97.advanix.net (209.235.134.97)

Jose L.

From: Lodi, NJ

I thank God I got to tell him he was one of the reasons I became a musician and appreciated his talent and how it filled some lonely nights. He was shocked that I was only 25 years old and I told him your music is timeless Mr. Danko.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:52:58 CET 1999 from du-tele3-070.mailbox.co.uk (195.82.121.70)

Peter Viney

Though so many of us here are strangers, we don’t feel we are at this time because his music touched so many people across the world so deeply, and it will live forever. He spread so much warmth and happiness. Heartfelt sympathy to his family and to his friends. I feel sure Rick is surrounded by love and reunited with loved ones. There was only one Rick Danko. Tried to listen to “It Makes No difference”, but I just can’t get through it tonight. Rest in Peace, Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:47:41 CET 1999 from spider-tf054.proxy.aol.com (152.163.197.199)

Linda

From: Long Island , N.Y.

Rarely at a loss for words. but I am. For twenty years friends and I have cherished Rick's shows as memories made. You're free Rick..rock on......4 ever threaded in my soul


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:41:59 CET 1999 from atom39.xtn.net (206.105.203.231)

Andrea

From: Tennessee

I don't quite know what to say that others haven't, but I felt a need to reach out. I'll miss Rick's haunting voice so much. . . .


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:38:59 CET 1999 from (209.144.31.5)

Maureen B.

From: Houston

Sadly missed - a fellow Canadian who loved your music


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:37:21 CET 1999 from (209.60.75.206)

Paddy Charles

From: Denver

I saw Rick Danko and Muddy Waters play at the State Theatre in Newark, Delaware in 1982. It was a special evening.Gonna go home and listen to the Last Waltz.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:34:30 CET 1999 from efca1.twi.com (199.107.4.10)

Tita

From: Los Angeles

It's hard to be at work when you hear news like this. Sadly I never got the chance to see Rick perform live; I was turned on to the Band only about 2 years ago, but feel like I've been listening to them my whole life. It's hard to hold back the tears reading all these lovely things you all are saying, what a warm and genuine person he was. I always had that feeling....I, too, will miss him so much even though I never met him. Can't wait to get home and let that beautiful, soulful voice sing me to sleep and be the soundtrack for my dreams........My condolences to his family and friends and all those he touched...**God bless**


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:31:17 CET 1999 from cogeco-24-115.cgocable.net (24.141.24.115)

James Prudhomme

From: Hamilton Ontario
Home page

I've just learned of the terrible loss suffered by Rick Danko's friends family and fans....I'm listening to "It makes no Difference" as I type this...moved one more time. The loss of this voice will be felt by anyone who has had the privilege and the honour to have heard his soulful call.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:30:27 CET 1999 from rutland1du-25.govnet.state.vt.us (170.222.218.122)

JOHN CASSARINO

From: rutland vt

TOO SOON GONE... I HOPE RICK, RICHARD, BUTTERFEILD, AND ALL THE REST HAVE A GREAT JAM TONIGHT I WILL FOREVER REMEMBER ALL THE GREAT TIMES YOU GAVE ME. TO YOUR FAMILIY AND ALL THE BAND'S FAMILIY I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:28:58 CET 1999 from spider-tr081.proxy.aol.com (152.163.201.211)

Ray & Amy

Just found out the news. Crushing. Unbelievable. Thank God we had the oppurtunity to see him perform at A Day in the Garden (Bethel NY) in August and at the Diamond Back Brewery (Cleveland OH) just last week. A nicer human being you couldn't meet. His singing just moves you in a way few others can do. Will cherish the talk and photos we got with him last week. Our sympathies to his family, friends & band mates. God has a very special angel with him today! You will be missed by us. Ray & Amy Falbo


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:29:43 CET 1999 from abdb77cf.ipt.aol.com (171.219.119.207)

David Casale

From: valhalla, ny

I can't believe Rick is gone...he will be missed


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:27:35 CET 1999 from dial-216-205.brinet.com (216.1.98.205)

Robert Walker

Rick Danko - you'll always remain deep down in our hearts for your unbelievable music and your spirit. Both will remain forever. Bob Walker


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:25:12 CET 1999 from 05-036.021.popsite.net (192.216.197.36)

Laura

I am very sad to hear of Rick Danko's death. I remember going to see him perform all over L.A. in the 70's and especially the rainy Wednesday night in 1977 when my friends and I went to the Roxy on Sunset Strip to see Rick and were treated to what was probably the last live performance of all of the original members of The Band, who were together that night to film some additional footage for The Last Waltz. Due to the weather that night, the club show was not well attended but the people who were lucky enough to be there got to see the best show in the world. They played and played and I thought I had died and gone to rock and roll heaven. Now Rick joins Richard Manuel and all the others, many of whom died way too early. Rest in peace, Rick, for all the joy you brought to people may you find the joy you may have missed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:21:59 CET 1999 from (204.142.50.170)

Brian Campbell

From: New Jersey

A Voice for the Ages. Thank you stranger for the free 4th of July show in New York City, 1996, and for that moment your voice took me away from the blistering and intoxicating heat - "Everything dies, baby that's a fact, and maybe everything that dies, someday comes back."


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:21:23 CET 1999 from 141.san-francisco-05-10rs.ca.dial-access.att.net (12.72.192.141)

The Big Guy

From: Los Altos Cal.

The news of Rick's passing hits me hard, being a 50ish bass player myself. I loved his playing and singing, truly a musical hero to me. I was so lucky to see The Band play at the Fillmore just a few years back, after the release of "Jericho". I stood about 10 feet from Rick and I was in heaven. I know he's there now. The Band will always play on. Thanks, Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:20:41 CET 1999 from si313130.si.edu (160.111.128.137)

C Rawson

Rick, Thank you for so much good playin and great times - you are deeply missed. Carter


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:19:59 CET 1999 from gw1.mcgraw-hill.com (198.45.18.20)

Jeremy

Rick Danko.......Thank-you for baring your soul. "You could make me cry and never say good-bye".


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:19:19 CET 1999 from spider-wn083.proxy.aol.com (205.188.197.188)

Tim

From: Burlington, Vermont

Goodbye Rick Danko...So many memories and feelings have arisen now. Thank you so much.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:18:52 CET 1999 from proxy-333.public.rwc.webtv.net (209.240.200.33)

Elaine

From: Maine

I would just like to say, "Godspeed, Rick, Your music will live on forever. May the younger generation learn to appreciate your talents, as a singer, songwriter and musician, as much as our generation does. Thank you for the wonderful memories, and music. we love you."


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:17:40 CET 1999 from narn-2-52.mdm.mke.execpc.com (169.207.134.180)

Art Elkon

From: Milwaukee

Thanks for everything Rick. Rest in peace. "And if I thought it would do any good I'd stand on the rock where Moses stood"


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:17:56 CET 1999 from proxy.amc.com (205.187.226.185)

Robert Crane

From: Seattle

Very Sad. The band was and is still my favorite group that I ever heard in my 50 years.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:17:22 CET 1999 from crastalier-2-125.mdm.nbg.execpc.com (169.207.174.253)

Marc Daniloff

From: Wisconsin

I was saddened by the news today. Rick had just played a few songs in-studio on WGN Radio 720 in Chicago last week on Steve & Johnnie's show, and sounded good. He had a real surprise when, in the middle of the show, he got a phone call from Les Paul, who was listening in New York. Rick had never met Les, but both expressed mutual admiration for each other. Rick invited Les to join him in a show in February...I guess that gig will have to wait a while. I'm glad to have heard the man play, glad his music will live on. We won't leave him in the twilight.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:16:55 CET 1999 from beaadmin.bea.doc.gov (198.76.170.19)

jim

From: DC

One of my favorite audio quotes : "I'd rather die happy than not die at all" . Rick seemed to be a man who lived these words. Thanks Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:16:41 CET 1999 from ts038d05.lap-ca.concentric.net (206.173.199.113)

Tom Scalese

From: Southern California

Thanks for the music guys. Another great voice too soon gone. Amen, y'all.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:13:41 CET 1999 from lon-c45-020-vty136.as.wcom.net (195.232.11.136)

Matthew Burgess

From: Switzerland

I send my sincerest condolences to the family of Rick Danko. Although I did not know him personnally, I know his music. It brings me much inspiration and happiness. I had an opportunity to see The Band in concert in the early '80's in Grass Valley, CA. I was enriched by the musical experience and will never forget that great time. Rick Danko gives me the inspiration of his music and enriched my life with his talent. I am sure my children and their children...and so it goes...will likewise be enriched and inspired by Rick Danko's music and the music of The Band. May he rest in PEACE and may his memory live on through his music and the hearts that it touches. Matthew Burgess Allenwinden, Switzerland


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:11:35 CET 1999 from rsmithbehv.scs.unt.edu (129.120.128.155)

Rick Smith

What is left to be said that others have not? Too soon gone, indeed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:11:04 CET 1999 from p07-09.hartford.dialin.ntplx.com (204.213.189.59)

Heidi

Rick Rest in Peace...I will miss you. You lightened our lives with your guitar playing and whitty humor and now that all of that has been silenced...we will always remember you.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:05:00 CET 1999 from spider-wb034.proxy.aol.com (205.188.192.164)

Rob Work

From: Bozeman, Montana

I was honored to have met Rick twice, the first time while working for a concert promoter, here in Montana. I picked up Rick and Garth at their hotel to drive them to the venue for an afternoon show. I met them in the parking lot, and as i helped Garth with his bags of horns, Rick stood beside me, and i got the feeling he couldn't wait to shake my hand and say hello. When i did eventually turn to him, he gave me a warm two handed greeting that i'll never forget. He was a warm and wonderful man with the voice of an angel, I'm sure he'll be very popular in heaven,


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:04:58 CET 1999 from ti21a21-0026.dialup.online.no (130.67.195.26)

Rune

Another one off to the Great Gig In The Sky.
This is the saddest thing I've heard for ages.

Thank you, Rick, for years and years of great music.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:04:24 CET 1999 from as7-7.iaw.on.ca (209.5.118.66)

David Musgrave

From: Welland, Ontario

"It Makes No Difference" is an alltime favourite song of mine. Listening to Rick Danko's soaring vocals will definitely take on new meaning with his untimely passing. It is truly one of the most beautiful recordings in history.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:03:44 CET 1999 from 05-036.021.popsite.net (192.216.197.36)

Laura

I am very sad to hear of Rick Danko's death. I remember going to see him perform all over L.A. in the 70's and especially the rainy Wednesday night in 1977 when my friends and I went to the Roxy on Sunset Strip to see Rick and were treated to what was probably the last live performance of all of the original members of The Band, who were together that night to film some additional footage for The Last Waltz. Due to the weather that night, the club show was not well attended but the people who were lucky enough to be there got to see the best show in the world. They played and played and I thought I had died and gone to rock and roll heaven. Now Rick joins Richard Manuel and all the others, many of whom died way too early. Rest in peace, Rick, for all the joy you brought to people may you find the joy you may have missed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:03:44 CET 1999 from (?)

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..(some text here lost, server failure)...ional footage for The Last Waltz. Due to the weather that night, the club show was not well attended but the people who were lucky enough to be there got to see the best show in the world. They played and played and I thought I had died and gone to rock and roll heaven. Now Rick joins Richard Manuel and all the others, many of whom died way too early. Rest in peace, Rick, for all the joy you brought to people may you find the joy you may have missed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:03:04 CET 1999 from adnline223-142.adnc.com (209.216.223.142)

Thom

Just heard the news and am so very sad. A few weeks ago, on Thanksgiving, I watched "The Last Waltz" again to relive a marvelous time in musical history. Rick, your voice made me believe in good when it was hard to do so, made me think God had a voice. Hope you're givin' Him lessons right now.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:02:11 CET 1999 from (147.179.83.155)

Scott Sinclair

The spirit was pure and the voice haunting.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 23:01:34 CET 1999 from proxy1-external.nash1.tn.home.com (24.4.252.224)

Charlie

From: Tennessee

I was a Band fan from the first time i heard "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down" and will always be a Rick Danko fan.. God Bless Rick and all those who loved him! Long Live The Band!!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:57:04 CET 1999 from (209.70.170.88)

Andrew

From: Washington DC

I would also like to add my voice to the throng. I nearly cried when I first heard the news. I now thank God that I did have the chance to see him perform live. It was just once, and I will treasure that memory for as long as I shall live. Thanks for everything Rick. Andrew


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:57:23 CET 1999 from mp-217-231-239.daxnet.no (193.217.231.239)

Terje Sending

From: Norway
Home page

It was with deep sadness I heard on the news that Rick is gone. He hosted Norway several times, not only with The Band in 94, but also as a member of the Danko/Fjeld/Andersen-trio. I met him a few times as a colleague, and I'll never forget the hours with beers and stories he shared with me.

Thank you, Rick.
"Any day now, any day now, I shall be released"
God bless you.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:57:52 CET 1999 from (199.108.182.28)

jake

From: Seattle

oops! i had a typo it was 7/9/95 not 8/9/95 hehe... sorry bout that boys :-)


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:55:22 CET 1999 from dial108.gtn.net (209.167.110.34)

From London Ontario

Rest In Peace old friend. Thank you for four decades of geat music. Condolences to the Danko family from Serge Daniloff and Jack Wingate


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:55:19 CET 1999 from email1.saintvincentsnyc.org (32.97.153.3)

Flo Kaczorowski

From: New York City

God love you, Rick-- I'm so sorry you had to go, but so thankful I had the chance to see you at Bethel's "Day in the Garden" last summer. I'm so grateful for all your music, and for the music you inspired all of us to make. Deepest sympathies to Rick's family and all in the Band, past and present. Love, Flo


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:52:52 CET 1999 from 1cust214.tnt8.baton-rouge.la.da.uu.net (63.26.139.214)

Joel

From: Baton Rouge, LA
Home page

In September of 1993, a friend and I saw Rick give a concert at the Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge. It was on a Tuesday night, and there was hardly anyone there...most of the people came to see a set by Kevin Griffin, Better Than Ezra's lead singer. Anyway, we sat down on the floor right in front of the stage, and we sang along (quite poorly and loudly) with Rick the whole night. I'll never forget how he smiled down at us. After the show, we went backstage to meet him. I haven't met but a handful of celebs in my time, but he was the most down-to-earth "famous" person I've ever met. We sat down on a big sofa in the dressing room and talked about playing bass, recording with Dylan, playing at Woodstock, and just basic stuff. Though he did sign my brown album and "Stagefright" l.p.s, I forgot my camera! Oh well, I'll still remember that night forever. I think the popular music world has lost a person whose contributions and talentsare not as well-known as they should be. My condolences to all of Rick's family and friends. He will be missed by many people.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:51:51 CET 1999 from oak-hiper1a-39-103.dialup.slip.net (209.209.15.103)

Robert

From: Northern California

RIP Rick Danko Thanks for all the great music.Rick & The Band influnced so many fans and musicians.I'll never forget being an awe struck 14 year old at The Last Waltz in 1976. Anybody remember the Levon Helm- Rick Danko acoustic tour in 1983 ? as Neil Young wrote "He sleeps with angels- TOO SOON!"


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:49:45 CET 1999 from (199.108.182.28)

jake

From: Seattle

seems all the media coverage forgot that The Band opended for the Dead in '95. I saw them at Soldier Field Chicago,Ill 8/9/95. thanx for all the great times guys!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:49:49 CET 1999 from spider-tm032.proxy.aol.com (152.163.197.57)

Luke

From: Granpa's Knee

Can't believe it. Just can't believe it...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:46:18 CET 1999 from pm469-26.dialip.mich.net (207.75.178.36)

Evan Cramer

I just went to see Rick play at the Ark in Ann Arbor on the 7th. He didnt look well and seemed tired, as he took a break before the encore. Instead of one encore we were treated to three, which was representitive of the show as a whole. For despite the ailements he might have been suffering his voice and his words came through just as they did for thirty years.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:45:44 CET 1999 from modem29.otw.com (209.137.72.29)

Geoff Dean

From: Franklin, MA

Thank you Rick for everything you have given us over the years. May you rest in peace.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:42:22 CET 1999 from proxy-533.public.rwc.webtv.net (209.240.200.123)

Scott

From: Decatur NY & Paramus, NJ

God has taken one of his angels home. Thank you Rick for all the wonderful joy you have given me through your music.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:42:21 CET 1999 from 13-053.008.popsite.net (209.69.195.53)

Patrick Berry

From: Michigan

Rest in peace, Rick. I'll treasure you and your music for all of my days.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:40:50 CET 1999 from mu-147016.dhcp.missouri.edu (128.206.147.16)

Kelly Dwyer

Home page

I am deeply hurt and saddened by Rick's passing. I'm trying to think about all that he's given us instead of all that's happened in the last 24 hours, but it is very hard. Thank you, Rick, and God bless...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:40:33 CET 1999 from wbs-128k.cvg1.one.net (209.50.104.210)

Michelle Hensley

From: Cincinnati
Home page

Too soon gone....thanks so much for everything Rick. My life could not have a better soundtrack than the music of The Band.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:39:45 CET 1999 from geol101-lab-1.tamu.edu (165.91.125.1)

Heandawg

From: Collee Station, Texas

"If the worst of all occurs" I'm afraid that it has! This is a terribly sad day for fans of music with integrity. We have lost a giant.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:38:51 CET 1999 from (129.237.77.56)

Ray Pence

From: Casper, Wyoming

Where some other music and musicians relied on attacking their listeners, The Band always has invited its audience in with honesty and humility and humor. Rick Danko was a host of the house, and he loved company. I know, because I witnessed a great show he and the Band reunion played in Denver, Colorado in 1983. It was wonderful and unforgettable--I still have images of Richard Manuel, and now the images of Rick Danko are back, too. I also want to say I always liked his attitude, unlike Levon Helm's. Rick Danko stayed on friendly terms with Robbie Robertson and worked with him while also remaining connected with other Band members. "Been out ice fishin'/Too much repetition"


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:32:01 CET 1999 from n098h115.remote.mun.ca (134.153.98.115)

Donald Hanhams

From: Nova Scotia, Canada

I just heard the terrible news, being from Canada myself, I always bragged to my friends that The Band were 80% Canadian and I was really proud of that. No matter what rock historians say, The Band had the best sound of all, three of the five members could sing lead anytime, Rick, we love ya man, I know you and Richard are jamming as we grieve you. God speed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:31:54 CET 1999 from (209.220.176.126)

Randy

From: Tulsa

Sad day...the news hit me hard, like a blow to the stomach. However, after a few hours of reflection, I'm thankful for those 5 times I got to see The Band live and the opportunity to visit with Rick for a few moments the last time. My prayers go out to his family, friends and fans especially Lee, be strong my friend.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:31:17 CET 1999 from user-2ive9hl.dialup.mindspring.com (165.247.38.53)

Kevin Whalen

Home page

As time goes on, the greatness of The Band becomes more evident. They were truly the greatest group of rock muscians to ever work together. The sweet music they created will live forever, as will warm memories of the contributions of Rick Danko.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:29:57 CET 1999 from spider-tj041.proxy.aol.com (152.163.213.191)

Mike Carrico

Such a sad, sad day...thank you Rick and may you rest in peace; King Harvest Has Surely Come.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:26:14 CET 1999 from syru204-178.syr.edu (128.230.204.178)

Anthony Fappiano

From: CT

I will miss you Rick. Your voice changed the way I viewed music, and my life. I'll never forget you. Rest comfortably now. -A.F.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:25:36 CET 1999 from condemi.sep.bnl.gov (130.199.50.60)

greg condemi

From: NY
Home page

Goodnight Rick. I'll miss you* gregc


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:21:02 CET 1999 from gateway.llgm.com (209.125.166.250)

medicine hat

diamond lil -- it's clear from your past postings that rick's passing will touch you in a far more personal way than any other contributor to this site. so my prayers go out for you as well as for the danko family. crying is good. singing is better.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:19:57 CET 1999 from winders.his.appstate.edu (152.10.2.122)

Jim Winders

In my opinion, The Band was the greatest collection of musicians in the history of rock music, and Rick Danko played a major role in their greatness. Today's news brings back the sadness I felt when I learned Richard Manuel had died. I will always be grateful for Rick Danko and the thrilling, utterly distinctive music of The Band.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:19:08 CET 1999 from spider-wb044.proxy.aol.com (205.188.192.169)

Darla Shoven

Goodbye Dick Ranko. I'll miss you and never forget that you always delivered my paper on time.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:16:40 CET 1999 from ppp-36.ts-5-bay.nyc.idt.net (169.132.216.228)

Eddie Hodel

From: Queens, New York

God bless Rick and thank you not only for yor music and beautiful harmonies, but also for being such a nice person. I was fortunate enough to speak with you several times and I was always impressed by your warm sincerity. Rick, you made a big difference in my life. Deepest sympathies to the Danko's and the whole Woodstock family.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:11:37 CET 1999 from wwwproxy.westgroup.com (163.231.254.21)

Dave Nodiff

Rick, We'll all miss you and your unique music, especially my son Philip. You really did "make (a) difference." Hope we meet again. Dave


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:09:38 CET 1999 from (208.158.42.30)

Bill Harnack

From: Buffalo
Home page

I'm a documentation specialist for a consumer products testing lab. I'm not lying--when one of our engineers walked up to me before to tell me that he heard Rick Danko had died, I was working on a spec for Rocking Chair. I can't even begin to say what that happy-go-lucky gentleman from over the border here, and that voice, meant to me. I've been threatening to put together my own tape of Danko-sung songs, now I gotta go do it. Goodbye, Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:10:52 CET 1999 from (207.81.190.226)

Stanley Landau

From: Toronto

I echo the sentiments of all the people who have signed this Guestbook today.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:07:05 CET 1999 from 209.236.133.190.dialup.superlink.net (209.236.133.190)

PJ Kay

From: NJ

Rick, your contributions to Music both with the Band and as a solo performer will stand as a shining tribute to you always...So Long Friend...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:06:45 CET 1999 from spider-ti081.proxy.aol.com (152.163.194.211)

Jac

From: Brooklyn

I just heard about the tragic passing of Rick Danko. My first instinct was to hear his voice, so I grabbed a copy of "The Band" in order to hear his glorious voice sing "When You Awake." I thought it might make me feel good to hear Rick singing about awaking, someplace better. I got real choked up, though when I heard him sing those lines, "..ain't no reason to hang my head--I could wake up in the morning dead." I wish it weren't true this morning. Godspeed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:06:24 CET 1999 from 1cust83.tnt5.chi1.da.uu.net (63.21.227.83)

Michael Shafts

From: Chicago

I've just read the news from my office and now like many I'm bummed......will miss you like I miss The Band, the times growing up back then and of course, your voice on those timeless tunes. God Bless.....


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:06:12 CET 1999 from 1cust202.tnt2.albany.ny.da.uu.net (63.20.208.202)

John Teitelbaum

From: Cambridge, NY

When my dad picked me up from school today, the first words out of his mouth were: "Rick Danko died". All I could do is reflect on him and the great music he brought to this world. I couldn't talk. I just cried. I have had the great priveledge of meeting Rick several times after concerts in The Band's bus. He treated me with respect and I did the same. Rick knew me by name which was unbelievable. He was the inspiration of The Band and the most talented overall performer. I listen or sing to Band songs every day because of each of them, but especially Rick. You are one special person Rick. God Bless and we will miss you.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:01:19 CET 1999 from proxy-626.public.rwc.webtv.net (209.240.200.186)

Just Wonderin'

Deeply saddened. Thanks for the music Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 22:00:18 CET 1999 from 1cust83.tnt5.chi1.da.uu.net (63.21.227.83)

Michael Shafts

From: Chicago

I've just read the news from my office and now like many I'm bummed......will miss you like I miss The Band, the times growing up back then and of course, your voice on those timeless tunes. God Bless.....


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:57:48 CET 1999 from ros75-78.optonline.net (167.206.75.78)

gobi

From: glen cove new york

may god bless and keep you always rick.your fine voice will always be with us.even though i never met the man i feel as if i lost an old friend.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:55:34 CET 1999 from dialup-74-wpm4-s0.the-onramp.net (208.138.53.125)

Alan Quilici

From: Winnemucca, NV USA

--And so another of the good ones is gone. I never had the pleasure of seeing The Band live (somewhere I've still got my uncashed check & polite "so sorry" note for the Last Waltz), but I've always felt they were/are a textbook definition of North American folk music--drawing on a huge and diverse foundation from the past and fusing it into a living and growing entity. We'll miss you Rick, but thank whatever gods there are, the music will live on. --Alan Q


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:55:00 CET 1999 from sj-netcache.cadence.com (158.140.3.201)

Robin Sheppard

From: Santa Clara, CA

I woke up this morning with "The Weight" going through my head. As I was driving to work I was singing "Stage Fright" and "Cripple Creek." Then, when I got to work and read the news, I knew why. I happened to be visiting a friend in Woodtsock, NY in 1970 while Ricky and the boys were recording "Stage Fright" (the album) at the Woodtsock Playhouse. I stood outside and listened, but never got to see any of them. A truly sad day this is.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:54:05 CET 1999 from 2cust35.tnt3.nyc3.da.uu.net (63.23.111.35)

Ron Frankl

From: NYC

I can't believe that Rick is dead. Seemingly the happy-go-lucky member of the group, his spirit and eneergy was always a critical element in The Band's volatile chemistry. A major talent who nevertheless was often overlooked in the company of his fellow bandmembers, he will truly be missed. Goodbye, Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:43:42 CET 1999 from pool-209-138-155-112-ipls.grid.net (209.138.155.112)

Bobby Jones

God Speed Rick. I can Hear Richard Tuning Up. The Heavens will ring with music. Thanks for sharing your gifts.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:45:59 CET 1999 from fs-user211.dtn.com (208.3.212.211)

Dick Piersol

From: Waterloo, Nebraska

God bless Rick Danko and Richard Manuel.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:45:23 CET 1999 from chain.cha.ab.ca (198.161.230.10)

elliot majerczyk

From: canada

When Rick sang "Unfaithful Servant", the room"s atmosphere changed and time seemed to stand still. Along with Richard Manuel, their voices were pure gold Americana soul. Just turn on your radio today to hear the difference between Rick's and Richard's singing that resonate one's being to core and the mindless manufactured pap that you pray to forget about as soon as possible. His harmony work, bubbling delightful bottom of bass playess Rick Danko and Richard Manuel.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:45:23 CET 1999 from chain.cha.ab.ca (198.161.230.10)

elliot majerczyk

From: canada

When Rick sang "Unfaithful Servant", the room"s atmosphere changed and time seemed to stand still. Along with Richard Manuel, their voices were pure gold Americana soul. Just turn on your radio today to hear the difference between Rick's and Richard's singing that resonate one's being to core and the mindless manufactured pap that you pray to forget about as soon as possible. His harmony work, bubbling delightful bottom of bass playing that one could listen to as one pays attention to any great jazz master, and his spirit that made the whole thing complete. I am truly saddened and deeply greatful to have had the honour to listen to him. His work will stand while all that other stuff evaporates. May his family be consoled.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:44:03 CET 1999 from x6.gatx.com (206.233.238.39)

David Singer

From: Mount Prospect, Illinois

Come to me now you know we're so alone and life is brief. Rick, you will be missed as the music of the original Band will always be a aural feast.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:43:30 CET 1999 from webcachew04a.cache.pol.co.uk (195.92.197.39)

Pete

From: Finchley, North London, UK
Home page

Rick, you made a difference. Thank you! Love Pete.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:33:25 CET 1999 from cox139ppp111.gr8brdg.net (209.96.139.111)

Woody Bee

look for me when it's my turn... love, wood


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:26:04 CET 1999 from max2-155.intellistar.net (206.105.68.155)

Dan

From: Orlando

Rick, you always sang with an invitation to sing along. Thanks for the years of music that always made me feel better. I can hear you joining in with Bob on "Never Say Goodbye." My wife and I have "Book Faded Brown" on a video and I hope you have found peace. Our condolences to your wife, family and friends.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:26:16 CET 1999 from spider-to014.proxy.aol.com (152.163.204.49)

Tony LoBue

Home page

*Offical Release* The Band Musician Rick Danko Dies .c The Associated Press WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) - Rick Danko, who went from Bob Dylan's backup band to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a bassist and singer with The Band, died this morning in his home. It was not immediately known what caused Danko's death, which came a day after his 56th birthday. Ike Phillips, a friend and general manager of Woodstock radio station WDST-FM, said Danko died in his sleep. Original members of The Band - Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson and the late Richard Manuel - were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Born into a musical family in Simcoe, Ontario, Danko quit school at 14 to play in rock 'n' roll bands. At 17, he joined Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, whose members included the musicians who would later become The Band. The group spent the early 1960s touring the bar and club circuit in Canada and the South. After splitting up with Hawkins in the mid-60s, Danko and his bandmates played backup for Bob Dylan after the folk musician unveiled his ``electric'' sound that launched the folk rock era. During the Dylan years, Danko rented a pink house in West Saugerties, near Woodstock. The group's debut album as The Band - ``Music From Big Pink'' - was recorded there and became a hit after its 1968 release. Vocals by Danko, Helm and Manuel contributed to The Band's unique sound, and Danko sang on the group's signature songs such as ``The Weight,'' ``Up On Cripple Creek'' and ``The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.'' The Band went on to play musical festivals including the original Woodstock in Bethel in 1969. ``I remember landing - I never flew in a helicopter before - and seeing 500,000 people sitting in the field,'' he told The Associated Press this year. After The Band split up following its famous ``Last Waltz'' concert in 1976, Danko went on to a solo career. The Band stayed retired until 1983, when all the original members except Robertson began to tour again. Three years later, Manuel hanged himself in a Winter Park, Fla., hotel room. In recent years Danko, Helm and Hudson reformed The Band at various times. Their last recording was ``Jericho'' in 1993. Two years ago this week, Danko was found guilty of smuggling heroin into Japan. He received a suspended sentence. Information on funeral arrangements was not immediately available. AP-NY-12-10-99 1231EST Copyright 1999 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:24:00 CET 1999 from ascend6-41.brainerd.net (206.10.20.221)

jim stewart

From: Minnesota

I couldn't believe the tragic news of Rick's untimely passing. Myself and the rest of our group, The Fabulous Stool Pigeons, are deeply saddened. His incredibly unique voice, and the largesse of his old soul, will be missed utterly. With deepest sympathy, we say goodbye, salute your wonderful gifts, and your inspiring sojourn. Thank you, Jim Stewart.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:25:11 CET 1999 from alb3-as5200-05-101.termserv.net (208.20.67.101)

Diamond Lil

Flowers/cards can be sent to : Lasher Funeral Home, 100 Tinker street, Woodstock NY. Funeral arrangements are still pending.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:21:22 CET 1999 from (208.148.181.31)

Bill Lang (Fern)

From: Woodstock area

Thanks for the good times & the shows we did with Sredni.You will be missed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:19:51 CET 1999 from (12.8.130.161)

Matt Lucas

From: Fl. U.S.A.
Home page

I'm truly crushed to hear about my old friend Rickie Danko passing. He was a wonderful person. My prayers go to his family. Matt Lucas-bluejammatt@hotmail.com


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:18:15 CET 1999 from mtcarmel077.wworld.com (208.198.146.80)

John Holcomb

From: Illinois

My heart filled up with sadness immediately when I heard the news. We'll miss you Rick, but your voice and spiritual presence will be with us forever. God bless!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:18:09 CET 1999 from v11126.xbase.com (216.13.11.126)

Radio Dave

Great singer and a Canadian to boot! Saw Rick and Garth Hudson at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto before they were inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame and it was a stunning show. Robbie Robertson joined the next night-wish I could have seen that one. Real sad news. Condolences to Rick's family and friends.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:17:14 CET 1999 from ts1-c7.parrett.net (206.30.228.167)

Robert Bruce

From: Berrien Springs, Michigan

I was driving home from Kalamazoo today, listening to the radio, and heard "I shall be released" come over the newscast at the top of the hour...my heart stopped for a moment...and heard the sad news about Rick. Rick's music was as tender and human as he was. He and Richard had this incredible power to move with their voices. I hope that Rick is at peace now. I understand that he had been living with incredible pain stemming from a late 60's car accident. God, what a loss to us all. God bless you, Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:16:46 CET 1999 from cobalt.nextlink.net (206.129.70.172)

Mike

From: Right about now I'm not too sure...

As always, Dear Brother, your music will get me through. Thanks for all the memories.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:16:21 CET 1999 from (206.69.52.202)

Bob

From: chicago

Very sad news. You take what you need and you leave the rest...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:15:48 CET 1999 from c335353-a.pinol1.sfba.home.com (24.12.43.146)

Mitchell Wilson

From: Berkeley

One of the most poignant and moving musical performances I've ever seen is Rick Danko's solo version of "When You Awake" on the VHI video of the making of "The Band." What a talent. God Bless You Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:13:53 CET 1999 from farr15-115.resnet.colorado.edu (128.138.15.115)

Sean Pugatch

From: Roswell, GA

When I first heard The Band I was young and was introduced by my dad. I heard 2 beautiful voices, Rick and Richard. Richard died when I was 5 and now Rick is gone. My heart goes out to the family and every member of The Band. And also it goes out to the friends, who are every fan or person to ever meet this great and wonderful man. God Bless.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:11:48 CET 1999 from proxy-353.public.rwc.webtv.net (209.240.200.53)

R. Stevie Moore

From: NJ
Home page

Silent pain. Merry Christmas, RD.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:10:13 CET 1999 from asimov.harcourtbrace.com (167.208.100.100)

Mark Sherry

From: Ocean Beach, California (hippieville, San Diego)

I found out a little while ago that Rick Danko, that animated, dear bass player and singer, has left us. I can't tell you how sad this makes me. Ever since seeing The Last Waltz, he was someone who always made me smile. Jovial, funny, hugely talented, Danko's jerky style of playing bass made me feel a part of the joy that was inside him and the entire band. I'll miss knowing he's around. I also want his pals, his bandmates, his family to know I'm thinking about them too. I didn't even know the man and I feel this real loss; I know the hole it leaves in a person to lose someone close. To all of you I send love and thanks. To all of us who were fans, we were lucky to have a glimpse of this guy in our time. Rick Danko, so long and thanks for some of my favorite singing and playing. Period. You done good, man. I'll really miss you. With love, Mark Sherry (Ocean Beach, CA)


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:10:13 CET 1999 from (?)

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(some text lost, server failure) ... frs family to know I'm thinking about them too. I didn't even know the man and I feel this real loss; I know the hole it leaves in a person to lose someone close. To all of you I send love and thanks. To all of us who were fans, we were lucky to have a glimpse of this guy in our time. Rick Danko, so long and thanks for some of my favorite singing and playing. Period. You done good, man. I'll really miss you. With love, Mark Sherry (Ocean Beach, CA)


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:10:19 CET 1999 from spider-th083.proxy.aol.com (152.163.213.83)

Charlie Walker

"See the man with the Stage Fright/ He got caught in the spotlight ... " Another spotlight goes dark. God bless you, Rick. May you have found peace. CW


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:07:59 CET 1999 from user198.208.203.49 (208.203.49.198)

Tom Maloney

From: New York

I spoke with Rick once...The Band was appearing on a TV show I worked on, and I watched their soundcheck. As they came off stage I wound up walking out of the studio with Rick and I said, "That was great!" and he said, "What, that? That's easy...now finding my dressing room is hard." And that's the great attitude he always had. Music was easy to him, and he clearly loved doing it. And he was such an easy-going, full-of-life person. He has this great gift of music and loved sharing it with anyone who would listen. I've seen him play in Carnegie Hall and I've seen him play on a small field outside a suburban high school on Long Island, and he seemed just as happy either way. And though not everyone knows who Rick Danko or The Band are, everyone has heard someone who was greatly influenced by them. Rick leaves a wonderful legacy - he is missed, but we are all fortunate that he chose to share his gift with us.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:07:03 CET 1999 from stk-pm1-14-142.dialup.slip.net (207.171.230.142)

Guenevere

From: these mountains

such a sad day... the angel's choir just got our best singer...

Thank you Rick ... God Bless you and rest in peace ...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:04:46 CET 1999 from (198.242.215.37)

AL BUNDY

From: nowhere land right now

SHIT!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:03:01 CET 1999 from utfc1.utfors.se (195.58.102.60)

Tobias Levander

From: Uppsala, Sweden

In early 1968, Rick Danko and the rest of The Band performed with Bob Dylan at a Woody Guthrie memorial concert in New York. One of the songs they played that night was called "Dear Mrs Roosevelt" and features the line; "This world was lucky to see him born". That sums up what I feel about Rick Danko on this sad day. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 21:01:34 CET 1999 from spider-wm031.proxy.aol.com (205.188.199.161)

James Garino

From: Corpus Christi

The guy had made me cry many times before. That seems the most honest reaction when you are so moved by a single note or phrase. This man had a unique power to really move you with his voice. My love goes out to his family and of course the surviving members of the Band. Another spiritual brother gone. This is a big one.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:58:49 CET 1999 from host172.tnt01.interactive.net (216.107.139.172)

Gary Falkenstern

From: New Jersey

Driving home I'm listening to WNTI and there's the DJ talking about Rick Danko(that's a good thing) and all the references are in the past tense(that's not good).I'm sorry I didn't get to see him when he played right next door at Centenary(sp) College a couple of months back. Always a great voice and I'll always remember him with The Band back at the Academy of Music and with you-know-who at Madison Square Garden. I'll miss that voice.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:57:11 CET 1999 from t4o44p27.telia.com (62.20.214.207)

Abe

From: Sweden

One more day of total sadness. A couple of weeks ago Doug Sahm left us and now it was time for Rick to get across that border. The only thing I can say I love Rick for what he did, both with The Band and solo. We all must go on for a while but we´ll meet some day. Abe


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:55:52 CET 1999 from nytgate1.nytimes.com (199.181.174.158)

Vince T.

One of the best performances I've ever been to was in upstate NY a few years ago. It was right before Christmas at the Turning Point. Rick sang "Christmas Must Be Tonight" while it was snowing outside. Rick will be missed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:55:13 CET 1999 from elm-host-7-70.exotrope.net (209.187.30.70)

Dennis

From: upstate NY

My wife and I are sad to here of the passing of Rick. We send our sympathy to his family and friends. He will be missed by all music lovers. I hope he can find some peace now.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:54:49 CET 1999 from cz-cblk-150-12-142.cyberzone.net (209.150.12.142)

Kevin G. O'Keeffe

This is a sad day indeed for family,Friends and fans of Rick Danko and the "Band".I was fortunate enough along with my wife Patty to see Rick quite a few times over the last few years.He was always a gentleman and he was a talent that can never be matched.His voice to me sounds like a voice from Heaven.When he used to harmonize with Richard Manuel it always brought tears to me eyes. Perhaps Rick and Richard are now in Heaven singing one of thier awesome songs like"Twilight" or "I Shall Be Released"(Thanks Bob)


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:54:18 CET 1999 from unknown-26-66.prwire.com (199.230.26.66)

Southern Bridge Music

From: Atlanta

The music world has lost a great musician. Rick Danko was one-of-a-kind. May your soul live on through your song.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:51:12 CET 1999 from (205.210.23.244)

Matt Harrington

From: Buffalo, NY
Home page

Thank you so much Rick for the songs and stories that you have shared with all of us over the years. I remember the first time I heard your voice; it giving me fulfillment and sending shivers down my spine. I thought to myself, "Now this man has been blessed." Personally, you have occupied my stereo non-stop for the past 3 years(I'm only 23)and will continue to until I drift off to the next place. Although I was looking forward to seeing you again, I am very thankful for the fond and fun memories that you have left all of us. Thank you and god bless.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:50:43 CET 1999 from alb4-as5200-23-215.termserv.net (208.20.67.182)

Diamond Lil

There are no words. Just tears....


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:44:17 CET 1999 from proxy1-external.avnl1.nj.home.com (24.4.252.66)

brien sz

From: nj

A sad, sad day - I stopped Christmas shopping as soon as i heard. Thank you Rick for all you gave to us. May God bless and keep you always - May he give strength and comfort to all his family and friends.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:41:37 CET 1999 from pppa18-resalealbanyny2-2r1080.saturn.bbn.com (4.16.160.77)

Sarah & Jack

From: NY

So Sad... Feels like we've lost a member of the family. Thankyou Rick for sharing your music and your voice with us. You won't be forgotten. We will be listening real close now for melodies from heaven. (Give our love to Richard) Happy trails friend.... Rest in peace always.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:30:37 CET 1999 from ppp594.on.bellglobal.com (206.172.238.18)

Richard Patterson

From: St. Catharines, Ontario

Rick was the brother I never had. When I met him for the first time last May, I brought along the first 3 records for him to autograph, and I was to shy to approach. He hollered at me, from behind the table he was sitting at, "Can I sign those for you, good buddy ?".

God bless you Rick for everything you have given. The man was as sweet as the music.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:34:33 CET 1999 from spider-we044.proxy.aol.com (205.188.195.39)

Mike Power

From: Ulster County, NY

Goodbye Rick, my whole family will miss ya. You filled our lives with beautiful music. Thank you. Our prayers are with you and your family. The sun don't shine anymore...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:32:37 CET 1999 from spider-wb012.proxy.aol.com (205.188.192.152)

Norman and Ellen

RICK,THANKS FOR THE GARDEN PARTY..GOD BLESS YOU


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:29:47 CET 1999 from rogerb.microhouse.com (204.132.131.183)

Robert Koziol

From: Boulder , CO

He was great!! Rick D. was involved in the making of some amazing music that makes me feel great!!! He will be missed....


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:28:29 CET 1999 from (208.11.92.2)

Bud

From: Cleveland

God Bless You, Rick. Thank you.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:27:49 CET 1999 from dt0d2n27.tampabay.rr.com (24.92.170.39)

Patrick J Gallagher

From: Tampa

Good bye old friend


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:27:33 CET 1999 from ch1smc.bellglobal.com (206.47.244.61)

Blind Willie McTell

From: Toronto

Terrible news. I met Rick six years ago, he was one of the nicest, most genuine persons I have ever met. His great voice and distinctive bass playing will never be forgotten.

There will be a new star in the sky tonight.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:25:53 CET 1999 from spider-te021.proxy.aol.com (152.163.195.181)

Jason Roy

From: Grand Rapids

Rick God bless you we'll all miss you down here but I'm sure you and Richard will be singing and catching up tonight. I read the tragic news while I was watching the scene in The Last Waltz where Rick cues up "Sip The Wine" and I felt my heart get heavy and tears in my eyes.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:25:34 CET 1999 from 229hpl99.hpl.lib.tx.us (204.235.229.99)

Adela V. Calbillo

From: Houston

First Doug Sahm, and now my hero Rick... Adela is not having happy days here in Texas. But hell, we were lucky to know him at all, right? Rick, I'll miss you more than I can possibly say. I'll always remember the good times in L.A., Latham, N. Tonawanda, and especially outside New York City last year. You jokingly introduced me as one of the great loves of your life that night. Well, you were certainly one of mine. We love you and know we'll meet again one day. Have fun with Doug and the Beak up there.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:24:14 CET 1999 from relay.lcra.org (198.214.249.122)

Bill Jerram

From: Austin, Texas

Damn! Another good ol' boy taken away too soon! First Doug Sahm, now Rick. I was lucky enough to see him perform about a year ago at Levon's place in Nawlins. He and the rest of the fellas were in good form that nite. A crying shame he was taken too soon. To anyone that knows anything about music and especially bass playing, Rick was definitely on a level with few peers, not to mention his incredible vocals. His playing and singing inspired me and made me aspire to acheive the same level of quality and integrity he and the boys always exemplified. His songs will live on and so will his spirit. My thoughts and blessings to all who called him family and friend. He will not be forgotten.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:23:14 CET 1999 from user-33qti89.dialup.mindspring.com (199.174.201.9)

CrazyChesterJB

From: san francisco

There will never, ever be another Ricky Danko. I am shattered... And the sun don't shine anymore And the rain falls down on my door...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:22:09 CET 1999 from be-102-barc-x6.red.retevision.es (62.82.197.102)

Miguel Martinez

From: Spain

I am shocked. What can I say.... Five minuts ago I was listening Rick, arrive at home, open this Web site...... I wish you the best Rick, I will pray for you, my dear friend. One of your greatest admirers


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:21:33 CET 1999 from spider-tl021.proxy.aol.com (152.163.207.181)

BILL HARSZLAK

From: WHEATFIELD,NY...A BUFFALO BOY

IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! RICK MADE A DIFFERENCE IN BRINGING BEAUTIFULLY CONSTRUCTED & DELIVERED MUSIC TO MY WORLD. I WAS JUST LISTENING TO THE BAND LAST NIGHT IN THE CAR. I WAS BLESSED TO BE INTRODUCED BY ERNIE TO RICK AND THE BAND A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AT BACK TO BACK SHOWS IN TORONTO & KITCHNER,ONTARIO. DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU...NOW ONTO HEAVEN WITH STAN,RICHARD,JERRY AND THE MANY OTHERS THAT ARE TOO SOON GONE. MAY GOD BE WITH THE FAMILY & FRIENDS TO HELP THEM THROUGH THIS TRYING TIME. RICK WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US IN OUR HEARTS AND ON OUR TAPES & CD'S. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU SAFE FOREVER IN HIS ARMS. MAY YOU EVER STAY FOREVER YOUNG. REST IN PEACE.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:20:37 CET 1999 from pm4-1-1-tul-fic-14.ficom.net (216.153.40.14)

mike mannon

they never should have taken the very best......


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:05:25 CET 1999 from (147.72.79.197)

Bob Kirst

Too soon gone...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 20:00:38 CET 1999 from internet-fw.dpws.nsw.gov.au (202.139.47.18)

Ray O'Neill

From: Australia

I just arrived at work this morning (Sat. my time) looked up this site and couldn't believe the news. A sad loss. Rick was one of the greatest bass players and vocalists ever to grace this world. Gone but not forgotten. Love ya Rick Ray.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:59:28 CET 1999 from mail.deptford.k12.nj.us (207.207.237.69)

Mike Plunkett

From: N.J.

I am so sad to hear of Rick's death. I've seen Rick with the Band and solo and have wonderful memories of the man and the music. During the Tour 74 I remember reading an interview where Rick said getting back with Dylan was "like Frank and Jesse getting together and knocking off a few banks."Since then thats always been my image of Rick- sort of an easygoing outlaw who would make you smile even if he was up to no good. He was a great singer and a great, great bass player. His lines were so much more than just holding down the bottom. He had a truly unique voice on the bass. I saw him at the Tin Angel in Philly last year and I was struck by how he sang songs I always thought of as "Levon's songs" or Richard's song" and made them his own. I didn't go this year. Figured I'd catch him next time.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:58:46 CET 1999 from host2.aegonins.com (12.20.92.254)

David Feibusch

Rick, we all will miss you. RIP in 'The Promised Land', my friend.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:58:39 CET 1999 from du30-2.ppp.algonet.se (195.100.2.30)

Ilkka

Thank you, Rick, for your music.
Deepest sympathy to the family.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:53:24 CET 1999 from rx-mgt-hd5.ouhsc.edu (157.142.169.45)

J. Patrick Crain

From: Oklahoma City

This is terrible. I'm in complete shock. I was unaware of the Band when Richard passed away but in 1991, I discovered them and have been a huge fan. Losing the most beautiful voice in the world is a tremedous loss, indeed.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:48:59 CET 1999 from spider-wb043.proxy.aol.com (205.188.192.168)

Mark Horn

From: Ohio

The Music means so much. Thanks Rick for sharing you gift with us all.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:42:50 CET 1999 from proxy1-external.lndn1.on.home.com (24.112.158.228)

kerrilyn

My mother just called me to tell me this sad news, and didn't believe it till I came to this site. Unfortunately I see it IS true. I'm very saddened, as we all are, to hear it. Although I never met him personally he was my "favourite" and seemed like such a sweet man. God bless you Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:38:06 CET 1999 from dprv-sh2-port194.snet.net (204.60.35.194)

john

From: ct

"now deep in the heart of a lonley kid. Sufferin' so much for what he did" RIP rick


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:35:57 CET 1999 from (208.13.47.1)

fred fleisher

From: floral park ny

IN MEMORY OF RICK DANKO THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT MUSIC YOUR LIFE WAS A BLESSING TO ALL WHO LOVED THE MUSIC OF THE BAND AND TO YOUR FAMILY.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:32:47 CET 1999 from spider-wd034.proxy.aol.com (205.188.193.164)

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Assuming that the report I just heard on CNN is accurate, Rick Danko is dead. Rest in peace old friend, rest in peace. "...if I thought it would do any good, I'd stand on the rock where Moses stood..."


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:24:23 CET 1999 from mid-qbu-nqk-vty31.as.wcom.net (216.192.103.31)

The Lube

From: CT

I cannot believe it. Deepest sympathy to the family. Thanks, Rick, for your gift, which you have so generously shared.


Posted on ? from (?)

?

(some text lost, server failure) ... here Moses stood..."


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:24:23 CET 1999 from mid-qbu-nqk-vty31.as.wcom.net (216.192.103.31)

The Lube

From: CT

I cannot believe it. Deepest sympathy to the family. Thanks, Rick, for your gift, which you have so generously shared.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:23:48 CET 1999 from sss00222.schwab.com (162.93.14.68)

Tod Armstrong

Too Soon Gone is all I can think about with this sad news. It was a beautiful song - sadly ironic - sung by a wonderful musician. I know I will be playing it tonight and thinking about Rick and his monstrous contributions to music and my life.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:20:00 CET 1999 from tjclc-18.cc.umr.edu (131.151.22.42)

Jason Stanley

From: Buffalo, MO

I think everyone will miss Rick Danko. We love him.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:18:56 CET 1999 from spider-we034.proxy.aol.com (205.188.195.34)

Harry

From: Bucks County, PA USA EARTH

I read Tony's post this morning and did not want to believe it. However, someone from the Hudson Valley in New York state posted in The Band's "site" on AOL that she had heard that Rick Danko passed last night on a local radio station this AM. I still don't want to believe it. "The Sky Is Crying" for Rick Danko in Bucks County today.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:16:12 CET 1999 from 6-d07-1.trd1.netcom.no (212.45.185.7)

Johhny Gundersen

From: Vadsø Norway

Thank you Rick for all the good music you gave us. I'll miss you.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:13:34 CET 1999 from (198.139.68.184)

bob wigo

From: havertown,pa.

Gone far too soon. May the soul of Rick Danko rest in eternal peace. May the music and the voice be remembered forever.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:11:58 CET 1999 from gw33.telekomus.com (206.2.196.66)

Band Thought

From: New York

This is profoundly sad. A unique man who left an amazing legacy of music and good will. Nothing to do now but listen to his music. There can never be enough thanks. This is really, really sad. John.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:10:48 CET 1999 from dialin-225.poughkeepsie.bestweb.net (216.179.14.59)

Gene

From: Dutchess County

Thanks, again, to Mr. Tim(SUNDOG)Corcoran. Your recent photos and observations on this Guest Book are greatly appreciated.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:09:18 CET 1999 from nyufrw59.ing-americas.com (38.167.208.135)

Rich Forbes

From: Clifton, New Jersey

My heart is heavy with the news of the passing of another great man and musician. The contributions that Rick has brought to us are too numerous to list. I will always remember the joy that Rick brought to me, through both his music and personally. I will always hold dear the memories of Rick, both on and off stage. Thank you, Rick...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:06:20 CET 1999 from gateway.llgm.com (209.125.166.250)

medicine hat

i never met him. never spoke with him. never got closer to him than several hundred feet. but ___damn____ i'm gonna miss him.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:03:28 CET 1999 from inet-13-37.fsi.net (209.242.13.37)

Jeremy Rose

This is really a sad day for me. I wanted to see him when he was in Chicago this past weekend and unfortunately didn't make either show. I'm feeling the pain for all of us who are going to miss him. I don't think any of us will forget him. What a great guy he really was, wasn't he?


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:02:03 CET 1999 from ts134-70.advanix.net (209.235.134.70)

Jose L.

From: Lodi, NJ

I've just read on the newswire that Rick Danko passed away in his sleep last night. I've had the privilege to see Rick Danko at New York's Bottom Line, New Jersey's Connection's and Stone Pony as well as Giants Stadium with The Band. I've spoken to him on various occasions and he was always approachable. I will miss him dearly. He too seemed to have sorrow in his voice, as did Richard Manuel. The man accomplished so much and had such incredible musical sense. It's quite unfortunate that in his later years some of the gigs he played did not really represent his stature as a Rock n' Roll legend. God bless Rick Danko and his family. Now I guess everyone in Heaven will be listening to what we had the pleasure to for over 30 years. Rest in peace sweet Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:01:04 CET 1999 from (?)

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(some text lost, server failure) ...quite unfortunate that in his later years some of the gigs he played did not really represent his stature as a Rock n' Roll legend. God bless Rick Danko and his family. Now I guess everyone in Heaven will be listening to what we had the pleasure to for over 30 years. Rest in peace sweet Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 19:01:04 CET 1999 from 25.philadelphia-16-17rs.pa.dial-access.att.net (12.78.214.25)

carmen

From: pa

God Bless You Rick! I will miss you! Peace to your family and Say hi to Richard for all of us!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:59:53 CET 1999 from spider-wn021.proxy.aol.com (205.188.197.156)

Shannon Pollard

From: Nashville, TN

The heavens just got another beautiful voice.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:59:44 CET 1999 from tfsmdgatekeeper1.cda.com (198.80.171.28)

mattk

From: : - (

This is just too tragic for words. What a sad sad loss at a time when so much seemed to be coming together for him. The harmonies in heaven just got much richer--somewhere Rick and Richard will be singing us all to sleep tonight.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:59:04 CET 1999 from dap03-148197.bv.sgi.net (209.166.148.197)

Mary (bear)

From: PA

I am so saddened to learn of Ricks' passing. I loved him. His beautiful emotional voice, everything about him. And when I finally met him in person, he did not dissappoint, he was everything I thought he was and more. God be with you Rick. I will keep you alive in my heart and soul and music forever. I will always love you.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:54:48 CET 1999 from jan-hoiberg.hiof.no (158.36.52.15)

Jan Hoiberg

I'm afraid it is true. See the home page. Thank you for the music, Rick. It will live forever.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:50:14 CET 1999 from tfsmdgatekeeper1.cda.com (198.80.171.28)

mattk

From: state of annoyance

OK, I checked every news site I could find. Nothing. This is some jerk who thinks he/she is funny by starting rumors like this. Definitely not funny, but the best thing for us to do is ignore it as their GOAL is to get us stirred up...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:41:08 CET 1999 from 25.philadelphia-16-17rs.pa.dial-access.att.net (12.78.214.25)

carmen

From: pa

I called Woodstock records and the person who answered would not give any info. Someone please clear this up!!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:38:45 CET 1999 from gateway.llgm.com (209.125.166.250)

medicine hat

i'll say something smells rotten here. i've been all over the news and have seen nothing official. likewise the woodstock records site. if the news is true, then god rest you rick. otherwise, sombody's got hell to pay.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:35:48 CET 1999 from mid-qbu-nqr-vty81.as.wcom.net (216.192.110.81)

The Lube

From: CT

Something smells rotten about this. What is going on?


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:28:16 CET 1999 from dialin-225.poughkeepsie.bestweb.net (216.179.14.59)

Gene

From: Dutchess County

God Bless You, Rick.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:27:57 CET 1999 from 25.philadelphia-16-17rs.pa.dial-access.att.net (12.78.214.25)

carmen

From: pa

What is going on here?


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:22:39 CET 1999 from gateway.llgm.com (209.125.166.250)

medicine hat

wait a minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rick ___who____ died last night. say it isn't so!!!!!!!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:19:52 CET 1999 from (199.75.49.10)

Lindsay Barnes

From: Virginia/USA

Goodbye & Godspeed, Rick. Go to sleep now. We'll always cherish what you've meant -- and will continue to mean -- to us.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:18:06 CET 1999 from adsl-216-103-64-50.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net (216.103.64.50)

professor

t was late 70's early 80's at the old lone star in nyc. rick, richard, blondie chapman were playing. i got there early and at the bar...about 6 feet from the stage. richard was having trouble 'tuning' his honer electric piano. the moment i'll always remember. rick started singing 'unfaithful servant'. it was beautiful. when the time came for garth's sax solo a beautiful harmonica started playing and down the stairs (from the dressing room to the stage) walked paul butterfield playing so tenderly. it was a special moment. (Fri 6:14pm MET)


Posted on Fri Dec 10 18:13:57 CET 1999 from pppa81-resaleclearwaterb1-3r7024.saturn.bbn.com (4.4.49.78)

Rick

Another beautiful voice gone to join God's choir. We'll miss you, Rick. Thank you.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 17:59:23 CET 1999 from spider-te084.proxy.aol.com (152.163.195.214)

TONY LOBUE

I VERY SAD DAY RICK IS GONE... HE DIED LAST NIGHT IN HIS SLEEP... WE WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS


Posted on Fri Dec 10 16:43:36 CET 1999 from (208.218.212.243)

David Powell

From: Georgia

A few weeks ago I mentioned Fred Carter, Jr.'s involvement in the recording of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer." I have been "researching" his other session credits and here is my first installment in this on-going project:

In late April / early May of 1969 Mr. Carter played guitar on Dylan's Nashville sessions, some of which would be included on the "Self Portrait" album. The basic personnel on these sessions included Charlie McCoy (bass), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Robert Wilson (piano) and Kenneth Buttrey (drums). On "Living The Blues" and "Spanish Is The Loving Tongue", Carter and Charlie Daniels play guitars. On "Take Me As I Am," "A Fool Such As I," "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," "Let It Be Me" and "Running", Carter is joined by Norman Blake and Charlie Daniels on guitars. Blake and Daniels join Carter again on "Take A Message To Mary," "Blue Moon," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Ring Of Fire", with Doug Kershaw playing fiddle.

Of course "Self Portrait" also included several live cuts from the Isle of Wight Festival with The Band backing Dylan. Dylan also recorded other basic tracks from the album in New York City (early March 1970) with different personnel including Al Kooper on keyboards and David Bromberg on guitar. Other tracks were later overdubbed in Nashville over those recorded in NYC. Again, Nashville cats including Fred Carter participated, as well as horn & string sections.

(Sources, in addition to the album's liner notes, includes information from John Howells and Michael Krogsgaard posted online on the Dylan site "punkhart.com")


Posted on Fri Dec 10 16:43:33 CET 1999 from 230.philadelphia-08-09rs.pa.dial-access.att.net (12.78.211.230)

carmen

From: pa

pehr, I like your comments on Red Boy. I am sure RR is upset about the recent happenings in Washington DC regarding the mismanagement of Indian Funds and subsequent cover up by the Clinton Admin. These people have been getting the shaft from D.C. long enough. Being a huge RR fan, I am hoping for a new release soon. I myself would rather see it along the lines of Storyville, however, it seems as if his direction is to continue with the Native American songs. What are your thoughts? Is there any news or talk of a new RR release any time soon?


Posted on Fri Dec 10 06:13:38 CET 1999 from ch1smc.bellglobal.com (206.47.244.61)

Snow blind or Mars blind

From: Toronto

When do we get to hear the original "Tombstone" sung by Rick ???? The following transcription is from the Thursday Toronto Star, page J6, Thursday, December 9th The journey towards making Kings Of Love involved some musical archeology on Linden's part, when he tried to find the lyrics to "Tombstone". Jules Shear wrote the song for The Band, and a early demo version was recorded in pre-production for their 1993 album Jericho. "(Band guitarist) Jimmy Weider played me this tape of "Tombstone" with Rick Danko singing in 1990," Linden recalls. Two or three years ago, Stephen, Tom, and I were talking about songs that we loved and I told them I thought "Tombstone" would be a great song for Blackie. "But when I contacted Jules Shear he couldn't find the lyrics. After a great deal of effort, Jimmy finally found a dub of a dub of The Band's demo version and sent it to me". "One of the scariest things was playing that tape for the first time. I was hoping the song would be as good as I remembered". "The song never made it onto Jericho, but it's haunted me ever since. "Two or three years ago, Stephen, Tom, and I were taking part in a songwriter's workshop and we ended up talking about songs that we loved and I told them I thought "Tombstone" would be a great song for Blackie.

"But when I contacted Jules Shear he couldn't find the lyrics


Posted on Fri Dec 10 04:08:16 CET 1999 from ch1smc.bellglobal.com (206.47.244.61)

Blind Willie McTell

From: Toronto

I've been busy lately, Carmen your tape is on the way. I have been able to find a list of the Dylan songs from January 12, 1974 at the Montreal Forum. Can anyone direct me to The Band setlist?


Posted on Fri Dec 10 02:59:07 CET 1999 from gdh2-429.twcny.rr.com (24.24.5.41)

Dr. Pepper

From: upstate NY

Carmen, no offense taken. I stated I never understood and now I am enlightened. The nuns in grammar school, the Christian Brothers in High School, the Franciscan priests in college, and the laymen in grad school never taught me this bit of theology that I learned here on the Band Page. I still dont "get" the concept and I know for a fact I was taught that.....well let's talk instead about John Lennon instead or the car Rick got while working as a butcher's apprentice or something else. And I agree with you about Christian/Catholic bashing.....My wife's uncle is a Monsignor and he feels that the bashing of the Catholic Church is the only "politically correct" bashing allowed in this country which I agree with. Sinead got awfully upset when she was booed off the Bobfest after ripping up the Pope's picture on SNL (to generate a reaction, right?). The people who booed her (and I wouldn't have on that night) were trying to provoke a response in a similar manner, I guess. A boo is as good as a rip ! (Sounds like a Faces album) I am in the middle somewhere here and I will check the guest book again while skipping Mass this Sunday and getting the Sunday bulletin to bring home. Hope you all had a nice Ramadan, etc, etc. Peace in Ireland!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 02:40:50 CET 1999 from spider-ti051.proxy.aol.com (152.163.194.196)

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Congratulations to Rick Danko's old Woodstock buddy John Sebastian and Canada's own Zal Yanovsky as well as original members Steve Boone and Joe Butler on the LONG OVERDUE election of the Lovin' Spoonful to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. Now I can end my boycott of the museum. This week I saw a solo acoustic show by a guy who should be a FUTURE rock hall inductee, (and a friend of The Band) John Hiatt. Bouncing back from throat surgery last year, John looked and sounded fine, playing a long show including some wonderful new tunes. He even hung out to meet and greet fans after both nights of shows at the Birchmere here in old Virginny. I told him to recruit Garth to play on his next album!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 01:37:35 CET 1999 from firewall1.westpac.co.nz (210.55.236.18)

Rod

From: N.Z

The Band/The Beatles. Has anyone else noted how similiar Paul and Robbie looked in the late sixties. There was a picture in MOJO (I think) of a previously unpublished pic of Lennon and McCartney . It could have quite easily been Lennon and Robertson.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 01:31:26 CET 1999 from (208.11.92.2)

Bud

From: Cleveland

Hailing from the self-proclaimed "Rock'n'Roll Capital," I'm always extremely interested in the annual nomination/induction of artists into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (and Museum). Presuming that such interest is not geography-dependent, I'm hoping that those of you who are not so fortunate as to live in the Cleveland area share, at least to some degree, in my interest in the Hall of Fame and its membership. Because everyone here appears to be a music lover, I'm guessing so.

Once again I find myself proclaiming "Are You Kidding Me!" as I read the list of this year's inductees. Good to great artists all, IMHO only Clapton embodies what I believe to be the essence of a Hall of Famer - the combination of influence, popularity and artist merit (a tricky and controversial criterion to be sure) that marks the "best of the best." The Hall of Fame's selection process recognizes a sliding scale, so artists deficient in one or more of the above could still possibly be inducted for overwhelming marks in the other categories. I have no problem with that, so long as the ultimate goal remains is to honor the true giants or innovators in Rock and Roll.

Unfortunately, my Utopian vision of all Hall of Fame was shattered with the induction of artists the likes of Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas and the Papas, Del Shannon, McCartney (solo), Lloyd Price, and The Rascals. My disappointment has nothing to do with my personal tastes, for I like all of these artists to a degree. My beef is that these careers are not "great" enough to be enshrined with Chuck Berry, Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Little Richard, etc. Granted, we can't set the bar that high, but I think the test should be something along the lines of "Is so-and-so worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Chuck Berry?" James Taylor, the Moonglows, Bonnie Raitt, and The Lovin' Spoonful are not. In fact, I question the induction of these acts even under what I now call the "Mamas and the Papas" standard.

But because we don't have the Berry Standard and do operate under the Mamas Standard, I guess I can't waste too much energy complaining about who gets inducted. Instead, I'll complain about who doesn't get inducted under these extremely lax standards. For instance, on this year's list of final nominees, Lou Reed, Solomon Burke, Queen, Black Sabbath, Steely Dan and Aerosmith failed to make the cut. Because each of these acts is at least as popular as any of this year's inductees (most more so), and the influence of these acts can be felt just as strongly in subsequent generations of musicians, I'm guessing that the reason for denial is based on the value judgment of "artistic merit." This judgment seems to be based largely on musical style.

I guess I'm a little offended that someone is trying to convey the message that somehow The Lovin' Spoonful has made music more "important" than that of Aerosmith (Aerosmith/Band connection: Scott Cushnie, former Hawk and recent subject of "What's New" pages of this website played with Aerosmith when they toured in '77. Also, onetime Band producer Todd Rundgren was publicly held out as the father of Steven Tyler's daughter Liv until she was in her early teens. In fact, for many years, Liv herself thought that Todd was her daddy). The voters need to put personal taste aside, and recognize that within every sub-genre of Rock and Roll, there are artists worthy of induction (at least under the Mamas Standard). This is especially true in the case of hard rock, where the fans are particularly loyal (and numerous). For an institution hurting for visitors, the alienation of large numbers of music fans is hardly a sound policy. Nor can a "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame be truly representative if its focus is too heavily skewed toward certain styles. As it stands now, the Hall of Fame isn't so much for the public's enjoyment, but is instead a shrine to the voter's favorite acts.

Pehr (I think it was you, anyway): I agree that Stallworth and Swan should be in Canton (and I'm a Browns fan). I'm still waiting for the induction of Jack Youngblood myself.


Posted on Fri Dec 10 01:27:56 CET 1999 from polaris-fw1.nspco.com (206.10.243.20)

Dave Z

From: Chaska, MN

Kalervo: I agree... I'd also love to hear Levon do some spoken word storytelling stuff with maybe a jazz band... He could be just as mysterious as RR... I'd like another Astral Weeks too... Maybe somebody should do a 30 year anniversary thang...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 01:16:27 CET 1999 from m198214176061.austin.cc.tx.us (198.214.176.61)

pehr

From: austin, tx

Robbie notes folks. had a couple listens to Contact from the Underworld and wrote stuff as it came out at home, stream of conciousness.

'MAKIN' a NOISE... Late Nite Notes on Contact From the Underworld of Redboy - Related spiritual Allusions, etc."

Study and self portrait of Robbie Roberston's personal heritage as a person of Native American ancestry. Theme of record centers upon topics of Native American philosophy, history, politics, spiritual issues and ceremonies; in the scope of it's contemporary relevance. The purpose of the project may well be response to keep the tradition alive in the face of a dominant culture driven by technology, media, and economic demands, surrounded by a culture of expediency that is rapidly losing contact with its own roots and foundations. The material outlines a portrait by Robertson of himself as he explores his own cultural history not investigated artistically during highly productive years as Guitarist, Songwriter, Spokesman for The Band.

After the Last Waltz, and a few years in the Hollywood fast lane, after death of Richard Manuel and his own period of darkness, Robertson appears to have changed some of his thinking, looking for a sense of self and ways to understand and help his Indian family. A long process of education over the past 20 years for Mr. Robertson, devleloping serenity of thought and patience to understand and articulate complex, tragic, emotional story of the Native American people since the arrival of the White People. In this period of time Mr. Robertson has evolved from/Artist/Rock Star/Movie Star/Producer - To a praying person; a "Road Man" who looks for counsel with the Great Spirit to learn and experience aspects of the sacred teachings and share them with us, his audience. In doing so, Robertson has become increasingly involved in the issues of the Native Americans on regional, national, and international levels.

Living in the vacuum of the shadow cast by the non-indian culture, it must be proufoundly difficult for a native american person to remain "Indian". When removed from the reservation and the wisdom of the elders, one quickly would find a stereotyped portrayal of his ancestors as savages, uneducated, villianous, spiteful perhaps with the exclusion of the very visible "Tonto" - the faithful sidekick to the Lone Ranger. In interviews located elsewhere on this site, Mr. Robertson has told of being called "Redboy" as a child and learning of the cultural stigma that challenged his future; experiencing this chasm with the resolution that his mohawk roots were better left unmentioned as he was coming along. On the other hand it was precisely this situation and its travails that led him, I beleive into his life work as a compelling artist, writer, musician and storyteller;as elsewhere on this site, Mr. Robertson mentions his formative summers spent on the reservation as the time when he first became aquainted with the oral tradition of myth, folklore, history, music, storytelling. The title "Contact from the Underworld of Redboy" suggests going back into the personal recesses of the artists psyche to revisit these primordial impressions in the hope of realizing and expressing these themes in the present day.

Ill get more in next week, fellow robbie fans...


Posted on Fri Dec 10 00:46:50 CET 1999 from di204.isunet.net (206.52.51.204)

Danny Lopez

From: iowa and upstate NY

The New York Times web site lists Rick Danko as having his 56th birthday today. Some GBers have contested that. But just in case NYT got the facts straight -- Happy B-day Mr. Danko!


Posted on Fri Dec 10 00:03:37 CET 1999 from 1cust181.tnt1.topeka.ks.da.uu.net (63.13.63.181)

Dexy

RE: Beatles/Band. There is the mythical-but-true jamming that occurred between the two groups during the '66 tour. I believe it was Dylan, our guys (without Levon?), Paul, George and Ringo. Right???


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