Happy Birthday Rick Danko | The Band – Stagefright

The Band bassist Rick Danko was born on this day in 1942. Since rock’s early days many bassists have played their instrument and sang, but for our money no one approaches the Canadian product’s ability to convey emotion through both his voice and four-string. Danko’s lead and harmony vocals could make a grown man cry and were a driving force in the success of The Band.

Just before The Last Waltz Danko and The Band appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where they played four songs. The network is quick to take down footage of SNL performances from those days, but somehow this “video of a video” featuring Rick’s heartfelt delivery of “Stage Fright” has survived:

Sadly, Rick Danko passed away at his home near Woodstock in 1999.