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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The 'Last' and the Best

Thirty-nine years ago today, The Band played their last gig, with friends, at Winterland in SF, later immortalized in The Last Waltz.  I was invited, at Crawdaddy,  but couldn't fly out from NY and, after all, it was Thanksgiving.  Well, I also missed Woodstock and it was only a few hours away.   Remember the cool story about The Hawks playing Jack Ruby's club in Dallas?  The Skyline, because it was burned out and had no roof.  Another highlight: Van the Man.  And he had to be coaxed from his hotel at last minute to do it. Below that, by popular demand:  uncut version of "Don't Do It."  With the horns of the late great Allen Toussaint.

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