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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band
Band 1969 Night They Drove 45

Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, We were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember, oh so well

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was released as a single, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #249 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • from the album The Band (1969)
  • on the record:
       Levon Helm – lead vocals, drums
       Robbie Robertson- guitar
       Rick Danko – bass, violin, backing vocals
       Garth Hudson- Melodica, trumpet
       Richard Manuel- piano, backing vocals
  • written by Robbie Robertson
  • produced by John Simon, The Band
  • recorded May, 1969 at 8841 Evanview Drive, West Hollywood, CA ~ The Band's tour manager rented a home in L.A. that was once owned by Sammy Davis Jr. for the group to record
  • Joan Baez covered the song in 1971 ~ her version peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100

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