West Saugerties (NY): 1968. Richard Manuel’s typed, working manuscript of Lonesome Susie, with his 5 final handwritten changes, amending the lyrics from the song he typed to the song as recorded. The 9th track on The Band’s 1968 first album, Music From Big Pink. The complete lyrics in 19 lines (159 words), on one side of a sheet of 8 1/2” X 11” paper. Some stains and edge wear, a few unrelated, typed words and a pencil scribble on the back, else very good. The only manuscript from Music From Big Pink that I have ever seen for sale, and this one is cooler than sending somebody else to pick up your laziest person award. Ex–Sotheby’s NY, Dec. 10, 2016, lot 3 (purchased by private treaty). Very good. Item #328
In 1966 and 1967, the 5 members of The Band played behind Bob Dylan in all his live concerts, and were his co–musicians on The Basement Tapes. Big Pink was the name given to personify the house shared by 3 of them in West Saugerties, New York. Dylan wrote 2 of the album’s songs, painted the cover, and guided their debut with élan. The album became legendarily influential. Eric Clapton said Music From Big Pink’s roots rock style convinced him to quit Cream, and Roger Waters said it affected Pink Floyd deeply, calling it, “the second most influential record in the history of rock, after Sgt. Pepper.” All 5 musicians played on Lonesome Susie, Richard Manuel–piano (he also sang the lead vocal), Robbie Robertson–electric guitar, Rick Danko–bass guitar, Garth Hudson–organ and soprano saxophone, and Levon Helm–drums.