The Last Waltz - Thanksgiving - 1976

The Last Waltz 

A concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band

American Thanksgiving Day 

November 25, 1976

Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco

The Last Waltz was The Band's

"farewell concert appearance"  


The Last Waltz was promoted and organized by Bill Graham

Graham's home turf was Winterland

and had a long association with The Band


The concert was an elaborate affair

Starting at 5:00 p.m.

the audience of 5,000 was served turkey dinners

There was ballroom dancing 

with music by the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra 


Poets Michael McClure

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Lenore Kandel, 

Diane Di Prima, Robert Duncan 

and Freewheelin' Frank Reynolds gave readings


The Band's original record producer John Simon

was the musical director for the concert


The Last Waltz was filmed by director Martin Scorsese

and made into a documentary released in 1978


The film features concert performances 

intermittent song renditions shot on a studio soundstage

and interviews by Martin Scorsese with members of The Band 


The Last Waltz 

is hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made



The Band

  • Rick Danko – bass, fiddle, vocals

  • Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, vocals

  • Garth Hudson – organ, piano, accordion, synthesizers, soprano saxophone, clavinet

  • Richard Manuel – piano, organ, drums, clavinet, dobro, vocals

  • Robbie Robertson – guitar, piano, vocals

Horn Section
  • Rich Cooper – trumpet, flugelhorn

  • James Gordon – flute, tenor saxophone, clarinet

  • Jerry Hey – trumpet, flugelhorn

  • Howard Johnson – tuba, baritone saxophone, flugelhorn, bass clarinet

  • Charlie Keagle – clarinet, flute, saxophone

  • Tom Malone – trombone, euphonium, alto flute

  • Larry Packer – electric violin

  • Horns arranged by Henry Glover, Garth Hudson, Howard Johnson, Tom Malone, John Simon and Allen Toussaint

Other Musicians
  • Bob Margolin – guitar (Muddy Waters)

  • Dennis St. John – drums (Neil Diamond)

  • John Simon – piano on "Tura Lura Lural", "Georgia On My Mind" and "The Last Waltz Suite: Evangeline" (concert version)


Paul Butterfield – harmonica, vocals

Eric Clapton – guitar, vocal

Neil Diamond – guitar, vocals

Bob Dylan – guitar, vocals

Bill Graham – master of ceremonies

  • Emmylou Harris – acoustic guitar, vocals

  • Joni Mitchell – acoustic guitar, vocals

  • Dr. John – piano, guitar, congas, vocals

  • Bobby Charles – vocals

  • Ronnie Hawkins – vocals

  • Van Morrison – vocals

  • Pinetop Perkins – piano, vocals

  • Carl Radle – bass

  • Cleotha Staples – backing vocals

  • Mavis Staples – vocals

  • Roebuck "Pops" Staples – guitar, vocals

  • Yvonne Staples – backing vocals

  • Ringo Starr – drums

  • Stephen Stills – guitar

  • Muddy Waters – vocals

  • Ronnie Wood – guitar

  • Neil Young – guitars, harmonica, vocals

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