Today in History: The Band Releases "Music from Big Pink"
After supporting Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour, The Band went into the studio to work on their debut album. On July 1, 1968, The Band released “Music From Big Pink.” Part of the music was composed in "Big Pink," a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York. The album featured their hit single “The Weight,” which peaked at #63 on Billboard's Hot 100. The album was recorded between three premiere studios in Manhattan and L.A: A&R in New York, Capitol and Gold Star in Los Angeles. The album was critically acclaimed and positively received by audiences despite its lack of commercial success.
Despite its poor sales at the time, “Music from Big Pink” has grown legs long after its inception, and in 2012, Rolling Stone ranked it number 34 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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