Rick Danko was born December 29, 1942 in Simcoe, Ontario. He was a singer, bassist, violinist, and songwriter with The Band, a mostly Canadian folk/blues group who backed up Bob Dylan as Bob Dylan and the Band until leaving Dylan in 1966, but keeping the name. After The Last Waltz in 1976, Danko pursued a solo career and reformed with The Band (less Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson) to record Jericho in 1993, High on the Hog in 1996, and Jubilation in 1998.

Rick Danko died on December 10, 1999 in his sleep from heart failure. His memorial card read: "On the day Rick Danko was born, the angels sang. Rick sang harmony".




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