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The primary songwriter and lead guitarist for The Band, Robbie Robertson, passed away at the age of 80. Dawn Robertson, one of his family members, disclosed the news to NPR.
The Band and Robertson created the group to back the rock singer Ronnie Hawkins. Primarily they became famous as they backed Bob Dylan, who took them on their first tour in 1965 when they were popularly known as The Hawks.
But they soon became popular for their own classic albums, released in 1968, Music From Big Pink, then The Band released in the year 1969. Robertson immortalized The Band with the help of Martin Scorsese, the director, in 1976, when they recorded a performance studded with guests and made the announcement that this was The Band’s final show.
The group members from The Band reunited innumerable ties in the following decades, but Robertson was never seen to join the group. He did record music for films that were made by Scorsese, like The Color Of Money and Raging Bull, and also released a few solo albums. It was in 2019 when his last ‘Sinematic’ came out.
He is the fourth member who passed away from The Band, following Richard Manuel in the year 1986, Rick Danko in the year 1999, and then their drummer/vocalist Levon Helm in the year 2012. Organist and keyboard player Garth HUdso is the only living member of the group now.
Before he became Robbie Robertson, he was Jamie Royal Robertson, born to a Mohawk mother and raised in Ontario. Later in life, he came to know about his biological father, Alexander Klegerman, who was a member of the Toronto underworld known for his gambling.
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