"The Weight." The Band. The song was included on their first album apart from Bob Dylan, "Music from Big Pink." Lead vocals by the drummer, Levon Helm. I mourn with all the good people of Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, the passing of one of the great vocal stylists of the late 60s or any decade since. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/music-from-big-pink-remastered/id15916339
"The Weight" is a song originally by 'The Band' that was released in 1968 and on the group's debut album 'Music from Big Pink'. Credited to The Band member Robbie Robertson, the song has significantly influenced American popular music, having been listed as no.41 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The last time Levon Helm ever sang this song, with , The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" from the Last Waltz, a 1978 film by Martin Scorsese.Levon Helm – lead vocal, drums Rick Danko – bass guitar, harmony vocal Garth Hudson – melodica, slide trumpet Richard Manuel – acoustic piano, harmony vocal Robbie Robertson – acoustic guitar