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Richard Clare "Rick" Danko (December 29, 1942-December 10, 1999) was a Canadian musician and singer, probably best known as a member of The Band. December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Band on the cover of their second album: Manuel, Helm, Danko, Hudson, Robertson The Band was an influential Canadian-American rock and roll group of the 1960s and 1970s. ...

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Early years (1942-1967)

The third of four sons, Danko was born at the tail end of 1942 in Green's Corner, a farming community outside of the town of Simcoe, Ontario, to a musical family of Ukrainian-Canadians. Growing up, (as his future bandmates' also did), in front of the family radio, he was exposed to country and R&B music at an early age. This article is about the year. ... Simcoe is a town in southwestern Ontario, near Lake Erie, and is the administative centre (seat) of Norfolk County, Ontario. ... A Ukrainian Canadian is a person of Ukrainian descent or origin who was born in or immigrated to Canada. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) In popular music, country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic music, blues, gospel music, and old-time music that began... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...


At the age of 14 Danko dropped out of school and found a job as an apprentice butcher. At 17, (and already a five-year music veteran), he booked himself as the opening act for Ronnie Hawkins, an American rockabilly singer whose group, The Hawks were considered to be one of the best in Canada. (Among those already in the group were drummer Levon Helm, who had joined Hawkins in 1957 before Hawkins ventured north, and lead guitarist Robbie Robertson, who had joined in 1960.) Ronnie Hawkins, born January 10, 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas, United States, is a pioneering rock and roll musician. ... Mark Lavon Helm, a. ... Jaime Robert Robertson (born July 5, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a songwriter, guitarist and singer, probably best known for his membership in The Band. ...


Hawkins, impressed by Danko, asked him to join The Hawks as rhythm guitarist. Danko agreed, despite the fact he only knew four chords on the instrument. Around this time, Hawks bassist Rebel Paine was fired by Hawkins, who, wasting no time, had Danko learn bass, and by September 1960 he was Hawkins' bassist, using the Fender VI six-string baritone guitar model, before graduating to the Fender Jazz Bass.


Soon joined by pianist Richard Manuel and organist/reedsman Garth Hudson, The Hawks played concerts with Hawkins through mid-1963, when an altercation between Danko and Hawkins led Danko, Helm, Robertson, Manuel and Hudson (as well as reedsman Jerry Penfound and occasional singer Bruce Bruno) to give their two-weeks notice. Initially performing as the Levon Helm Sextet (as Helm had accumulated the most time with Hawkins), they later became The Canadian Squires before finally being called Levon and the Hawks. Richard Manuel (April 3, 1943 – March 4, 1986) was a Canadian musician and songwriter probably best known for his membership in The Band. ... Eric Garth Hudson (born August 2, 1937) is a Canadian musician born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in London, Ontario. ...


Playing a circuit that stretched in an arc from Ontario to Arkansas, they became known as "the best damn bar band in the land". By 1965, with two singles under their belts (and Penfound and Bruno long gone), they met the legendary blues harmonicist and vocalist Sonny Boy Williamson, and planned a collaboration with him as soon as he returned to Chicago. Unfortunately for the group (who on went to play a four-month stand of gigs in New Jersey immediately afterward), Williamson died within days of their meeting and the collaboration never happened. Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Flower White trillium Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 4th 1... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Sonny Boy Williamson, circa 1964 Aleck Rice Miller (December 5, 1899 - May 25, 1965), a. ...


Around the same time, however, Bob Dylan contacted them, and they became his backing group, although the nature of the tour became too much for Helm, who departed in November. Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet whose enduring contributions to American song are often compared, in fame and influence, to those of Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams. ...


Through May of 1966, Dylan and the remaining foursome, (together with pick-up drummers), traveled across America, Australia and Europe, playing new versions of Dylan classics. After the final shows in England, Dylan retreated to his new home in Woodstock, New York, and the Hawks joined him shortly thereafter. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Woodstock is a town located in Ulster County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,241. ...


One of The Boys in The Band (1968-1977)

It was Danko who had found the pink house on Parnassus Lane, just off of Stoll Road. He, Hudson and Manuel quickly moved in, with Robertson ensconsing himself nearby. The music that the group had been performing with Dylan, was moved to the basement of the hangout quickly dubbed "Big Pink". The sessions, which began about May 1967, ended around October 1967.


Around the same time, Dylan and his backing group parted ways, with Dylan going to Nashville to record John Wesley Harding and The Hawks beginning demo recordings for their first album. Songs like "Yazoo Street Scandal", "You Don't Come Through", "Ferdinand The Impostor", "Beautiful Thing" and "Words And Numbers" were completed by January 1968 (with Helm returning to the fold sometime between August and November), and their manager, Albert Grossman, secured them a recording deal with Capitol Records. John Wesley Harding refers to two people, a folk song and the album the song appeared on, all connected to Bob Dylan: For the American gun-fighter whose name is rendered that way in a Dylan song, see John Wesley Hardin. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // History The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at...


Working over the next few months, the five-piece churned out what would become their debut album, Music From Big Pink. Released featuring a childlike painting by their former boss, Bob Dylan, it single-handledly contributed to helping rockers damaged by the excess of the Summer of Love to find the roots of popular music. Touring behind the album, however, was not to be; Danko was severely injured in a car accident, breaking his neck and back in nine places, which put him in traction for months. (It would be April 1969 before the group finally debuted in concert as The Band, at Bill Graham's Winterland in San Francisco.) Music From Big Pink is a 1968 (see 1968 in music) album by the folk-rock band The Band. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet whose enduring contributions to American song are often compared, in fame and influence, to those of Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams. ... Bill Graham (January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a well-known concert promoter, beginning in the 1960s. ... Winterland was a San Francisco music venue, booked by Bill Graham, and famous for such events as The Last Waltz, countless Grateful Dead shows, Jimi Hendrix, and the final appearance of the Sex Pistols. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


By this time, they were already hard at work on their eponymous second album, The Band, considered by many to be their magnum opus. Danko, who had sung lead on all or parts of five of the eleven tracks on the first album, only sang lead on two of the tracks on the second. This would tend to be the standard on the albums, with Manuel or Helm handling the majority of lead vocals on all but one (see Cahoots) of The Band's remaining studio albums recorded before 1978. Cahoots was the fourth long player by Canadian-American rock group The Band, and their last all-original studio album for four years. ...


The Band's albums were defined by each member - Robertson's lyrics and guitar work, Helm's "bayou folk" drumming and Southern voice, Manuel's Ray Charlesesque vocals and rhythmic piano, and Hudson's arrangements and genius behind whatever he fancied playing. However, the best selling point they had was Danko's bass style, which set the group apart from all others. Jazzy, funky, countrified ... trading in his Fender Jazz Bass for an Ampeg fretless model (and later a Gibson G-3), his bottom end was like no other. Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004). ...


Later Years (1977-1999)

Yet, by 1976, Danko wanted out. He needed to find his own voice, and with a contract from Arista Records, he had the chance to record a solo album. Issued in 1977, his self-titled release Rick Danko featured each of his bandmates as well as a Ron Wood and Eric Clapton. Primarily recorded at the Band's California Studio, Shangri-La, it is the best and most accessible example of a member of The Band's solo career. The dismal showing of the album, however, (it barely cracked the Billboard 200), destined it for rarity status, and although he recorded a follow-up album, Danko was dropped from Arista. (The follow-up album, presumed lost for many years, was finally released as a part of 2005's Cryin' Heart Blues.) Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // History The company was founded as the successor label to Bell Records in 1974 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Rick Danko was the 1977 eponymous debut by the bassist and singer for The Band. ... Ron Wood performing onstage with The Band in the 1976 film The Last Waltz. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born March 30, 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning British guitarist, singer and composer, who became one of the most respected and influential musicians of the rock-era, garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Cryin Heart Blues is the name of a 17-track 2005 compilation of studio sessions and live recordings by the former bassist for The Band, Rick Danko. ...


From 1983 to 1999, Danko alternated between a reformed version of The Band featuring Helm, Hudson, and guitarist Jim Weider (and from 1983 to 1986 Manuel), and a solo career and occasional work with Eric Andersen and Jonas Fjeld. The Band on the cover of their second album: Manuel, Helm, Danko, Hudson, Robertson The Band was an influential Canadian-American rock and roll group of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Eric Andersen (singer/songwriter; born on February 14, 1943, Pittsburgh, PA, USA) belonged in the early sixties together with Phil Ochs en Bob Dylan to the Greenwich Village folkscene in New York. ...


Recording demos throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, it took him until 1997 to follow up his first album with a solid second (Rick Danko in Concert). Two years later, a third album (Live on Breeze Hill), featuring Hudson was released, and Danko was busy at work on a fourth (Times Like These), which sadly was uncompleted at the time of his death. Rick Danko in Concert was Band bassist and singer Rick Dankos second solo release, issued in 1997 as the first release on the small Woodstock Records label, in which Danko and The Band had interests. ... Live on Breeze Hill was Band bassist Rick Dankos third solo album, and the last released before his death in December 1999. ... Times Like These was Band bassist Rick Dankos final album, a posthumous release featuring tracks from a variety of sources dating from an aborted solo project in 1993 to Dankos final live performance in Ann Arbor, Michigan just days before his untimely passing. ...


In the meantime, The Band recorded three albums of their own, and Danko teamed with Fjeld and Andersen for two trio albums, Danko/Fjeld/Andersen in 1991 and Ridin' on the Blinds in 1994. The Band on the cover of their second album: Manuel, Helm, Danko, Hudson, Robertson The Band was an influential Canadian-American rock and roll group of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Danko/Fjeld/Andersen was the first of two albums featuring the multi-national folk trio of Rick Danko (Canada), Jonas Fjeld (Norway) and Eric Andersen (United States). ... Ridin on the Blinds was the second and final album by the folk-rock trio of Rick Danko, Jonas Fjeld and Eric Andersen. ...


By the end of 1999, a lifetime of pushing himself over the edge had left Danko out of shape - physically huge - and barely recognizable. On December 10, 1999, shortly before turning 57 and only days after the end of a brief tour of the Midwest that included two shows in the Chicago area and a final gig in Michigan, Danko's heart finally gave out, and he died in his sleep.


He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth, stepson Justin, and daughter, Lisa, by his first marriage. (His son Eli, also from his first marriage, had died in 1989 at the age of 19, following a severe asthma attack).


Like Manuel, Danko was a long-time drug user; in 1997 he was found guilty of trying to smuggle heroin into Japan, and told the presiding judge that he had begun using the drug (together with prescription morphine) to fight life-long pain resulting from his 1968 auto accident. At the time of his death, however, he was clean.


Albums

Rick Danko was the 1977 eponymous debut by the bassist and singer for The Band. ... Danko/Fjeld/Andersen was the first of two albums featuring the multi-national folk trio of Rick Danko (Canada), Jonas Fjeld (Norway) and Eric Andersen (United States). ... Ridin on the Blinds was the second and final album by the folk-rock trio of Rick Danko, Jonas Fjeld and Eric Andersen. ... Rick Danko in Concert was Band bassist and singer Rick Dankos second solo release, issued in 1997 as the first release on the small Woodstock Records label, in which Danko and The Band had interests. ... Live on Breeze Hill was Band bassist Rick Dankos third solo album, and the last released before his death in December 1999. ... Times Like These was Band bassist Rick Dankos final album, a posthumous release featuring tracks from a variety of sources dating from an aborted solo project in 1993 to Dankos final live performance in Ann Arbor, Michigan just days before his untimely passing. ... Cryin Heart Blues is the name of a 17-track 2005 compilation of studio sessions and live recordings by the former bassist for The Band, Rick Danko. ...

External links

  • Jan Hoiberg's page on Danko: [1]

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In loving memory of Richard Clare Danko (1606 words)
Rick quit school at 14 to pursue music full-time and in 1960, when he was 17, he joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’ group, The Hawks, initially as rhythm guitarist.
Rick’s penchant for musical hybrids began germinating, literally, in his own backyard in Simcoe, a town heavily populated with displaced Southern tobacco farmers.
The almost immediate result of the trio’s collaboration was an award-winning album, Danko Fjeld Andersen (Stageway), which was honored in Norway with a Spellemans Pris (the Norwegian Grammy) for Record of the Year and was released in late 1993 by Rykodisc.
Rick Danko - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1401 words)
The third of four sons, Danko was born at the tail end of 1942 in Green's Corner, a farming community outside of the town of Simcoe, Ontario, to a musical family of Ukrainian-Canadians.
Danko, who had sung lead on all or parts of five of the eleven tracks on the first album, only sang lead on two of the tracks on the second.
Like Manuel, Danko was a long-time drug user; in 1997 he was found guilty of trying to smuggle heroin into Japan, and told the presiding judge that he had begun using the drug (together with prescription morphine) to fight life-long pain resulting from his 1968 auto accident.
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