A Classic song by The Band which became a huge single hit for Joan Baez.
“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” is a history lesson in about three minutes. This tale of the Civil War and its aftermath fit the folk style of Joan Baez well. The Band produced a wonderful rock version, complete with harmonies, that became a concert staple for years.
Joan Baez simplified the song and placed the emphasis on her clear soprano voice. It was the highest charting single of her long career as it reached the number three position on The American charts during 1971.
This is one of those songs that never grows old as it tells a wonderful and poignant story. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by Joan Baez is seventies folk music at its best.