Musician Garth Hudson
Multi instrumentalist
The Band
birth name: Eric Garth Hudson

Garth Hudson

August 2, 1937, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

The greatest virtuoso talent in that stellar cast of musicians known as the Band. The full-bearded, genial artist may also be the most fascinating personality to emerge from that legendary group (certainly the most inscrutable). Hudson's Lowrey organ, from which he could coax a variety of sounds, from gospel to classical, was a centerpiece of the Band's sound. He also played an arsenal of other instruments - examples being his accordion work or his memorable saxophone passages on such Band staples as ‘Tears of Rage’ and ‘Unfaithful Servant.’ Hudson's signature, however, had to be the dramatic organ opening of ‘Chest Fever’ (from the Band's debut, Music From Big Pink), during which his extensive classical background shone. (In the movie The Last Waltz, the other members claim Hudson gave them music lessons in the early days of the group.) ~ Allmusic: Garth Hudson ~ retrieved July 30, 2013 © Allmusic

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“We'd played a couple of months before the border patrol told us to go home,” Hudson says. “They told us we had to get permanent work visas, which at that time they mostly gave to hockey players and wrestlers. We told the union in Windsor about this - they liked us and wanted to help out - and they sent a letter to the Detroit union saying that if we weren't allowed to play, then they wouldn't allow any American acts to come into Canada. Both the unions liked Paul. The rest of us - we were a quiet, but lively bunch.” ~ reprint Toronto Globe And Mail via Garth Hudson ~ 2002 © The Toronto Globe And Mail

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Robbie Robertson ~ Robbie Robertson (1987) ~ Ranked #77 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ “It's easy to be a genius in your twenties,” says Robbie Robertson. “In your forties, it's difficult.” Such was the trepidation with which the former Band guitarist and songwriter approached making his long-put-off solo album. But he needn't have fretted so much: Robbie Robertson - released in 1987, a full decade after the Band broke up - is ample proof that Robertson's abilities are still very much intact. ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

The Band

Even if they were only remembered as the group that backed Bob Dylan on some of his best work (including The Basement Tapes), the Band would be widely revered. But the four Canadians and one Southerner did classic work on their own, turning in earthy and mystical albums built on rock-ribbed, austerely precise arrangements and songs that linked American folklore to primal myths. ~ Rolling Stone: the Band ~ retrieved July 30, 2013 © Rolling Stone

The Band ~ Inducted in the 1989 Canadian Music Hall of Fame ~ Few Canadian artists have had so great an impact on the international marketplace. ~ 1989 © Canadian Music Hall Of Fame

The Band ~ The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down (Robertson) ~ Named one of the Time 100 All-TIME Greatest Songs in 2011 ~ A perfect folk-ballad simulacrum of sepia-toned Americana. ~ 2011 © TIME

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