Rick Danko

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Richard Clare Danko, 29 December 1942, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, d. 10 December 1999, Marbletown, New York, USA. Danko is fondly remembered as the beating heart of the Band, one of North America’s greatest ever rock bands. His Motown-inspired bass playing underpinned the quintet’s loose-limbed instrumental interplay, while his solid vocals provided the perfect foil for Levon Helm’s earthy realist and Richard Manuel’s doomed romantic.

Danko learned his trade playing alongside his future Band colleagues (Helm, Manuel, Robbie Robertson, and Garth Hudson) as backing musicians for Ronnie Hawkins, an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll singer who was a hot draw on the North American club circuit in the early 60s. Known as the Hawks, the quintet later worked with Bob Dylan before changing their name to the Band and launching their own recording career in 1968 with Music From Big Pink. This celebrated debut included ‘This...

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