Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: #155: ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’- Joan Baez. August 14, 1971.
- Single: ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down- Joan Baez
- Record Company-Vanguard
- Genre: Folk
- Written by Robbie Robertson
- Time: 3:26
- B-side: ‘When Time Is Stolen’
- Album-Blessed Are..
- Grade: C
- Peaked at #3
First the positive- The Band had a handful of hits but they were an album band not a single band. They never had a huge hit- so it was good to see one of their songs riding near the top of the charts-I am sure the exposure turned some people on to the band- whose original if far superior to this cover. Now the negative- Joan Baez changes some of the lyrics-and makes Robert E. Lee- a boat. In the original it was ‘Virgil quick come see here comes Robert E. Lee’- in Baez’s cover it’s ‘ Here comes THE Robert E. Lee.’ Second- not a fan of Miss Baez in the first place.