Facts You Should Know About Robbie Robertson And The Band

Sara | January 23, 2020 10:21 am

Meeting Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan (L) and Robbie Robertson (R) playing electric guitars
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Charlie Steiner/Highway 67/Getty Images

After splitting from Hawkins they changed their name to Levon and the Hawks. Around mid-1965 they were recommended by blues singer John Hammond, Jr. to play backup for Bob Dylan. One of their friends happened to be the secretary for Dylan’s manager and she told him to visit them in Toronto.

Dylan admired the musical stylings of Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm and invited them to go on tour with him. Both Robertson and Helm stayed loyal to their other bandmates and made Dylan promise to hire the rest of them for his tour as well.