Facts You Should Know About Robbie Robertson And The Band

Sara | January 23, 2020 10:21 am

The Band was a popular music group that spanned for many decades with members including Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Levon Helm. They performed with some of music’s biggest artists such as Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Songs such as “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “I Shall Be Released” helped them emerge as some of history’s most influential artists. Although unfortunate circumstances tore the group apart, their legacy continues to live on through their timeless songs and the connections they made in the industry.

When They Were The Hawks

Rock and roll band
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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Before The Band became a hit rock group the members were gradually joining another band called The Hawks. This started in 1958 when they played backup for a Toronto-based rockabilly singer named Ronnie Hawkins. Most of the members were eager to join The Hawks, except for Garth Hudson who was only doing it as a hobby.

By the early 1960s, they were considered to be the best rock band in the Toronto area, but that was all about to change. Hawkins forced the other members of the band to work all night after already playing long shows and they split in late 1963 over creative differences.