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Published: 2013/08/07

Robbie Robertson Comments on the Passing of Elizabeth Danko

The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson has commented on the passing of Elizabeth Danko. The wife of The Band bassist Rick Danko passed away last week.

Robertson’s post on Facebook reads:

Elizabeth and Rick were true partners—in life. They balanced each other and she was dedicated to taking care of Rick the very best she could. In the last years I saw Rick up in Woodstock. I’d be there mixing a new record and he would say, ‘Can you play some of your new songs for Elizabeth?’ I loved playing my new music for Elizabeth…. she knew what I was reaching for. Miss my old friends Bless her soul. Thoughts and prayers from our family to hers. I hope she’ll be taking care of Rick once again…. Robbie

Elizabeth Danko plays a prominent role in the new documentary Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm. In the film, she was shown living in a senior citizens home in the Woodstock, NY area.


There are 12 comments associated with this post

Cat August 13, 2013, 02:14:56

why does he have to make it all about him? “she knew what I was reaching for”, Rick asked him to play his new songs for her.
How about making it about Elizabeth instead of about Robbie. He did the same thing at Rick’s funeral.

L. A. Bob August 15, 2013, 16:42:00

“Elizabeth Rest In Peace” Your Finally Back With Your Other Half Rick!! I was part of Production for The Band when Blondie Chaplin & The Cate Bros. Band made up The Band and also did The Byrds Reunion Tour. Rick and Myself spent a lot of time together on the road going between The Band & Byrds Tours that we became roommates on the road. I met Elizabeth at their home in Bearsville N.Y. I remember her telling me that I was with Rick more then she was but it was ok because she ended it that Rick was into “Chickens”!! I replied say what!! lol I also saw a side of Rick that blew me away meaning I only saw Rick Danko Rock Star & Legend. When I was at Rick & Elizabeth’s I met Rick Danko The Family Man which he kept private, Elizabeth took care of Family, Home, And Rick both at Home & Business. They were a team she will be missed & Be part of my Special Memories of working with The Band. R.I.P. Elizabeth (A Very Special Lady) Bob Schroeder aka L. A. Bob

Ed August 31, 2013, 23:58:40

Cat is on the money. Every time Robbie comments on a former bandmate, it is all about him. Same when Levon died. He can’t see past his own huge ego. What a complete shit.

Paul September 10, 2013, 14:24:59

I couldn’t agree more. This man thinks that The Band was him and everything revolved around him. Hey Robbie! The other four were better musicians, they had MUCH better voices than you and they ended up with not much because you screwed them out of their rightful songwriting credits. F him!

michael November 16, 2013, 18:55:04

i grew up in up state ny, kingston saugerties woodstock area.grief has many faces,step back one life love all. time heals only rolling stones waste energy talk it out!

Dennis December 2, 2013, 13:27:05

It was lonely and sad being the only folks visiting the Danko’s (and Levon) in the cemetery this past Thanksgiving morning, but it’s sadder still that with the passing of this lady, a friend to many in my town, that some who never knew or worked with these gentlemen and their families, would take this sad moment to degrade Mr. Robertson for his reflections on her passing, rather than celebrating the great vibes she encouraged her husband to bring to our planet.

kevin February 1, 2014, 22:59:52

Robbie Robertson never spoke for The Band as far as I am concerned. I wouldn’t trade Levon or the Rick Danko or any of the other guys for ten Robbies.

phil April 27, 2014, 16:27:25

Robbie had little regard or time for any of those people while they were alive. Just as he has little regard or concern for Garth, now. His after the facts obligatory comments make it, of course, impossible for the deceased to offer any rebuttal.
Robbie knows what he’s done, and must always carry that with him. I feel he’s just grasping for absolution. Too late!

William August 27, 2014, 19:09:54

I try not to get too involved in the Levon/Robbie fray because I have a lot of respect for both but sometimes the Robbie hate wears me down. I think it’s worth remembering that there has only been one side of the story told and Robbie has never felt the need to offer a rebuttal. When I hear people “blame” The Last Waltz on Robbie I can’t help but wonder what would have become of The Band if The Last Waltz hadn’t happened. Robbie was tired of the road and the rest of The Band members weren’t so they continued on. So what’s the big deal? Robbie went on to make what I consider outstanding albums after The Band and he seems like an interesting guy to me. That being said, Rick was always my favorite and it’s very sad that both he and Elizabeth aren’t here any more.

mike October 4, 2014, 20:42:12

It seems to only have been Levon that had an issue with songwriting credit and it’s my impression that Levon wanted songwriting credit work work that is generally considered to be arraigning. Producer John Simon (MusicFrom Big Pink, The Band, and The Last Waltz) credits RR with writing the songs. Ronnie Hawkins claimed RR was the only one of the boys that wrote songs while with him but Levon was his musical arranger. Larry Campbell flat out said that Levon wasn’t going to do any of the actual work when it came to songwriting. Rick Danko confirmed in an interview that he had no problem with The Band’s songwriting credits. Rick and Garth worked on RR’s first two solo albums, it seems unlikely they would do that if they were pissed at him.

Debbie rowles November 15, 2014, 09:07:29

Don’t give me none of that brother brother bullshit…rick died with his money in your pocket… Levin,Rick and the others Hated Robertson…Read Levons book,,This wheels on fire….Robbie Robertson is a creep…He did not attend Richards funeral,can we say asshole…

Debbie rowles November 15, 2014, 09:08:21

Don’t give me none of that brother brother bullshit…rick died with his money in your pocket… Levin,Rick and the others Hated Robertson…Read Levons book,,This wheels on fire….Robbie Robertson is a creep…He did not attend Richards funeral,can we say asshole…

rand z December 17, 2014, 20:23:49

I really don’t feel that any of this stuff really matters, in the bigger picture. IMO, every member of the Band, contributed to their greatness! It was the sum of 5 great parts. BTW, I saw the “Original Band” with Dylan, one time, and twice alone (including their performance at Watkins Glen).

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