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Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1968 – 1976, 1983 – 1999)

The Band was an influential Canadian-American rock and roll group of the 1960s and ’70s, formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Band included Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano); Richard Manuel (1943-1986) (piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone, organ); Garth Hudson (organ, piano, clavinet, accordion, synthesizer, saxophone); Rick Danko (1943-1999) (bass guitar, violin, trombone), and Levon Helm (1940-2012) (drums, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar).

The members of The Band first worked together as The Hawks, the backing band of rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins from 1959 until 1963. Afterwards, Bob Dylan recruited the quintet for his history-making 1965/1966 world tour and they joined him on the informal recordings that became the acclaimed Basement Tapes.

Dubbed “The Band” by their peers, the group left the comfort of their communal home in Saugerties, NY to begin recording as a group unto themselves. The Band recorded two of the most important albums of the late 1960s: their 1968 debut Music from Big Pink (featuring the hit single “The Weight”) and 1969’s The Band. These critically praised albums helped conceive country rock as something more than a genre, but rather as a celebration of “Americana.” As such, throughout their career they would repopularize traditional American musical forms during the psychedelic era. The Band dissolved in 1976; Martin Scorcese’s landmark concert film “The Last Waltz” documented their final performance. They reformed in 1983 without founding guitarist and main songwriter Robbie Robertson.

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  • vitornevermindz

    Eu tenho um filho do Robbie Robertson

    19 Jul 2:39am Reply
  • SteveCube

    I truly love The Band. Some real good soul music. My life is looking so down right now and they elevate me. I wish I was around to see them.

    3 Jun 1:32pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @LastOneStand Definitely. These guys were hugely influential in the development of roots rock. Nobody did it better, though, because all of them were/are incredible musicians and while a lot of roots rock comes off as the artist trying to sound like the real thing, the Band's music at its best has every bit as much atmosphere as the best blues, folk and country. Their first several albums, in addition to the stuff they did with Dylan, are of remarkably high quality.

    20 Jan 3:48am Reply
  • juanin63

    I still remember myself watching "The Last Waltz" in the cinema. Awesome!

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LastOneStand

    Even if you never heard this band somehow their songs sounds familiar looks like many people copied them over the yers

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Other bands should be like The Band.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • BillyShears87

    http://youtu.be/XW7Z2bOJfmE A must watch!!

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    weird music.

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • lejk_ap_nijo

    The most creative band name ever.

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Saskatchewan_

    Sorry friends, that's Flour Hour. Forgive me.

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Saskatchewan_

    The Last Waltz was a fantastic performance. Anyone heard Richard's voice on King Biscuit Flower Hour in '76? Holy shit!

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • murmler3

    I totally agree with CDPETE01, except that I saw "The Last Waltz" in a cinema. Yes, I'm old. Still loving it.

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    gotta love the internet able to listen to the new live boxset before buying,excellent band loved them since seeing the Last Waltz on tv early 80s.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • StevieRayYawn

    All gone...

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • barryvs

    I can't listen to the album version of The Weight anymore because of The Last Waltz. How did I ever live without a Weight featuring the Staple Singers?

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Kleipziger

    Why do the best things always disappear? Rest easy Levon, Danko and Manuel...

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • CrispyDragons

    Fucking great band. It's too bad that three of them are gone.

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Anybody who loves Levon's drumming should check out Neil Young's song, The Old Homestead. It's eight minutes of Levon feeling his way into every little feeling and intonation and nuance of Neil's mind as he moves the song along. Extraordinary work!

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    Check out Levon's "Ain't In It For My Health" very cool movie on his last years.

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    For my money - and I love everything about the Band - what stands out is Levon Helm's singing. He has so much soul, feeling and plain old love of making music. I think that love of making music is what shines through in everything the Band ever did

    30 May 2013 Reply
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