Song of the Day: The Band – “Too Soon Gone”

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This one’s a bit depressing, admittedly. On this day in 1986, The Band vocalist and pianist Richard Manuel died at age 41 when he hung himself from a hotel shower curtain rod in Florida. The death was a shocker to The Band, but Manuel had been depressed by the death of father figure Albert Grossman as well as the state of The Band itself, which reignited alcohol and cocaine addictions. The suicide occurred after a concert in Winter Park, Florida at around 2:30 a.m. when Manuel, who had been talking with vocalist and drummer Levon Helm and told him he had to get something from his hotel room. This song is one of a few that were written in tribute of Manuel.

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