Robbie Robertson, singer
Singer ~ Songwriter
The Band
birth name: Jaime Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson

July 5, 1943, Toronto, Canada

Robbie Robertson has been a professional musician since 1959, when he began playing guitar with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks in juke joints and dives all across North America. Six years later, before thousands of fans, he was backing Bob Dylan as the folkie was making his transition to electric. By then the Hawks were known simply as the Band and were soon creating their own powerful originals. After another tour with Dylan, the Band decided to call it quits in 1976 and Robertson began working in movies, both acting and scoring soundtracks, while remaining relatively behind the scenes for nearly a decade. In 1987 he released his first solo LP, proving that his songwriting and guitar abilities were stronger than ever. ~ Musicianguide: Robbie Robertson ~ retrieved July 4, 2013 © Musicianguide

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July 5, 1986 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) El DeBarge, Who's Johnny ~ #2 (4) Simply Red, Holding Back The Years ~ #1 (2) Billy Ocean, There'll Be Sad Songs (To make You Cry)


Robbie Robertson ~ Ranked #59 Rolling Stone Greatest Guitarists in 2011 ~ When Bob Dylan described the Band's "wild mercury sound," he was really talking about Robbie Robertson's guitar, as exemplified by his torrid, squawking solo on Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues from their 1966 tour. ~ 2011 © Rolling Stone

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.” ~ 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 ~ Awarded a 2008 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1995 two songs by The Band made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down ~ The Weight

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