3/01/2016

Weekly Basslines #174: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)

Another request by Danny from Sydney from one of the most legendary farewell concerts of all time - The Band's "The Last Waltz".









"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" has been covered by many different artists around the world. The most successful English-language cover of the song was a version by Joan Baez released in 1971:


Here's a version by Johnny Cash from 1975:


In 1972 the 15 year old singer Juliane Werding had a number-one hit in Germany with "Am Tag als Conny Kramer starb" ("On the Day That Conny Kramer Died"), which uses the tune of the song. The lyrics are about a young man dying because of his drug addiction.


Thanks to Danny for the request and donation! :-)