Chart Position: NR

  • Lead vocals: Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel
  • #41 on Rolling Stone magazines List of 500 greatest songs
  • #13 on Pitchfork Media’s 200 greatest songs of the sixties
  • Written by Robbie Robertson
  • Backing vocals: Rick Danko and Richard Manuel
  • Produced by John Simon
  • Characters mentioned in the song are based on friends of the band members
  • Recorded in New York state
  • The Band was originally named Levi and the Hawks; they got their name because people referred to them as ‘Bob Dylan’s band’
  • All of the band members are from Canada except for Levon Helm
  • The town of Nazareth mentioned in the first verse is located in Pennsylvania; the Scottish rock band Nazareth takes their name from this line
  • Also recorded by Staple Singers (1968), Amen Corner (1969),Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield(1969), Ike & Tina Turner (1969), Supremes and Temptations (1969), Smith (1969), Dionne Warwicke (1972), Giant Sand (1988), Jimmy Barnes w/Badloves (1993), Staple Singers & Marty Stuart (1994), Scott McClatchy (2002), Cassandra Wilson (2002), Travis (2000), Joan Osborne (2002), New Riders of the Purple Sage (2003), Uncle Kracker (2006), Chris Stills (2005), Lee Ann Womack (2007), Joe Cocker (2005), Deana Carter (2007), Weezer (2008) and Lars Lilholt Band (2008)

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One response »

  1. tim a says:

    Good article… cept it’s LEVON not LEVI… ; )

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