Happy Birthday — Richard Manuel
Richard Manuel of The Band was born on this date in 1943. The keyboardist/vocalist was instrumental in the success of the group in the early years, but his issues with drugs/alcohol led him down a dark path. Manuel hanged himself in a Winter Park, FL hotel room after a gig in 1983. He had been clean for some time and was touring with a Robbie Robertson-less incarnation of The Band, that included the rest of the gang, when his demons and addictions returned. Manuel took his life on March 4, 1983.
Here’s Richard shortly before his death singing “The Shape I’m In”: