Happy Birthday Richard Manuel: Performing Live With The Band, Bob Dylan & More Spotify Playlist

By Andy Kahn Apr 3, 2021 12:16 pm PDT

Richard Manuel, the multitalented co-founding member of the influential rock group The Band, was born in Canada on this date in 1943. The native of Stratford, Ontario was 42-years-old when he sadly died by suicide on March 4, 1986.

Known for his high register vocals and tender delivery, Manuel was adept at playing a variety of instruments, skillfully switching from piano to drums to saxophone and others with ease. Manuel’s wide scope of musical dexterity and expertise was captured on studio recordings and when he performed live throughout his all-too-short career.

This edition of Saturday Stream presents a Spotify Playlist featuring Manuel performing live with The Band. The collection includes a 1966 concert with The Band backing Bob Dylan and three songs with Dylan from a 1968 Woody Guthrie tribute concert.

The playlist also features the 1974 Dylan live album, Before The Flood. And Dylan appears as a guest on a few tracks on the complete December 1971 recordings of The Bands concerts at The Academy Of Music that were the source of the 1972 live album, Rock Of Ages and at the all-star The Last Waltz concert on Thanksgiving 1976.

Among the playlist’s other live recordings featuring Manuel with The Band includes their appearance at Woodstock in 1969, their 1971 performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall released recently with the Stage Fright 50th anniversary reissue and The Band’s set at the 1973 Summer Jam at Watkins Glen in New York. Closing out the collection is a pair of concerts Manuel performed with The Band’s Rick Danko in 1985.

Manuel’s expert musicianship — primarily on keyboards — can be heard throughout the playlist. His signature vocals standout on “King Harvest (Has Surely Come),” “Chest Fever,” “Across The Great Divide,” “We Can Talk” and several others. Stream the playlist below:

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