December 10: The great Rick Danko passed away in 1999

I saw Ronnie Hawkins play near my hometown, Port Dover, Ontario, and I saw him play there on New Year’s Eve and the following spring I booked myself to be his opening act on maybe five shows, and he hired me after the first night.

You put a song on the record or on tape and you stop singing it. You just don’t sit around and sing it anymore unless you’re performing. That’s kind of sad.
-Rick Danko

I started working with Bob in 1965. We did go through a lot of changes from 65 to 74, a lot of changes. By 1974, everything had straightened itself out.
~Rick Danko

Stage Fright (from the Last Waltz):

Eric Clapton Inducts The Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994:

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Richard Clare Danko
Born December 29, 1942
Green’s Corners, Ontario,Canada
Died December 10, 1999 (aged 56)
Marbletown, New York, United States
Genres Rock, blues, country rock, folk rock, folk
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, bass, double bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, accordion, trombone, piano, banjo, cello
Years active 1956–1999
Labels Capitol, Arista, Rykodisc, Woodstock, Breeze Hill
Associated acts The Band, Ronnie Hawkins, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Danko/Fjeld/Andersen

Richard Clare “Rick” Danko (December 29, 1942 – December 10, 1999) was a Canadian musician and singer, best known as a member of The Band.

It Makes No Difference – Tribute To Jerry Garcia Dead (1997):

Rick Danko died in his sleep at his home in Woodstock on December 10, 1999. Steve Forbert wrote a tribute song for him, ‘Wild as the Wind’, which means well and doesn’t avoid acknowledging the role cocaine played in his life and demise. But Danko’s own posthumous album Times Like These is a more substantial tribute to his considerable talents. Everyone who knew him misses the sweet,  good-humoured person that it’s agreed he was. Everyone who knew the music of The Band misses his artistry.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

This Wheel’s On Fire (1970 November, Pittsburgh USA):

Album of the Day:

Rick Danko – Live Anthology

-Egil & Hallgeir

2 thoughts on “December 10: The great Rick Danko passed away in 1999

  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Rick Danko a few times and cannot say enough about how down to earth he was. I first met him at the closing night of The Capitol Theater in Passaic NJ where The Band and The Allman Brothers filled out the bill. An unbelievable night of music and good times with good people. After that I met him a few more times at The Lone Star Café. One night the show was sold out so I waited by the stage entrance and caught Rick’s attention. He remembered me and invited me in. I had a good conversation with him, Steve Forbert and Bernie Taupin over a few Heinekens and some Marlboros. A wonderful musician and man, he is missed. RIP Rick.

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