Monday, April 23, 2012

Original vs Remake #27

Our song tonight is in tribute to the recently passed Levon Helm of The Band.

We have their song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" which was the B side of "Up On Cripple Creek" and was released in November of 1969.   Levon was the lead singer on both of these songs and "Dixie" was written by bandmate Robbie Robertson and was a staple of their concerts.
It was performed for the last time with Helm singing in 1976 as part of their farewell concert (as seen in this video from "The Last Waltz) and he never sang it again.

 In 1971 Joan Baez recorded her version and went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of that year and spent 5 weeks in the #1 spot on the Easy Listening chart.


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