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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… read more

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  • r_m
    "rock and roll group" - really?
  • My life is looking so down right now [2]
  • The Band is only The Band because of the contributions of all the members. Each member was an expert on his instrument(s) and they had the type of chemistry and connection that most musicians can only dream about.
  • @atom217 Completely agree with you. I wonder if Danko and Manuel lived long enough would they get the kind of love that Levon got in his later years? TBH, I prefer the songs sung by Danko and Manuel. @BJBooth I think the Band touring in 2015 refers to former members of the 80s/90s version of the group.
  • I love Levon, but why does he seem to be the only one who gets all the love? Even on shoutboxes for songs sung by Danko and Manuel, people credit Levon Helm. I personally find Richard Manuel to be the center of The Band (the members mostly agreed with that), and he seems to get no love!
  • Kinda disturbing to see the Band is touring as of Nov 2015. 3 of the original members have died, so it's really Robbie Robertson backed by Garth. Funny thing Robbie didn't want any part of them when they were alive in the 90's. What's next...the Beatles on tour??
  • 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.
  • @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.

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