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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

LEVON & THE HAWKS - HE DON'T LOVE YOU (AND HE'LL BREAK YOUR HEART)


Spending years perfecting their musical (and vocal!) chops in countless bars in Toronto and beyond, this is the group that, three short years later, became The Band. During that three years, these guys were some of the most controversial musicians around, backing Bob Dylan on his first worldwide electric tours. Creating some of the most alive, raw and soulful music ever heard, they were booed almost everywhere for the heresy of perverting pure folie Dylan. Little did they know Bob always wanted to be a rock star and the incredible musicianship of the Hawks helped him achieve what he always wanted!

The Hawks spent the latter part of the fifties through around 1964 as backing back for rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, who took the combination of young Canadians and one transplanted southerner under his wing, worked them hard and turned them into some of the finest musicians known to the world.

This track is so deep and utterly soulful that it could easily pass for something off of Stax records. While the Band later explored all types of roots music, the r&b backbeat was a constant through their entire career.

from 1965...

LEVON & THE HAWKS - HE DON'T LOVE YOU (AND HE'LL BREAK YOUR HEART)


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Phooo-war! This song is hot. Thanks for sharing it. I have never heard of this (uh, or the Band, don't hate) before, but wow. Thanks.

Pad said...

Never heard this one before - it's a keeper, those drums are mighty (love the break in the middle) - thanks man, think I'll have to bake you a cake for posting this.

Desmond said...

There's another version of this song by 60's band The Romans. I think you can find it at Garage Hangover. This Hawks take is a smoother groove.

Sean McA said...

WOW! Terrific single. Never heard it before. Love Levon/The Hawks/The Band. Thanks for posting.

Laurence J. said...

Would love to listen, but nothing works...where do I click to get the audio? Or has the link been removed?

Derek See said...

Lawrence, just click on the play button. I just tested it and it is working fine.