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The Band started as the backing group for Ronnie Hawkins before joining up with Bob Dylan for his epic 1966 tour. The following year, while Dylan was recovering from a motorcycle accident, they shacked up with him in their Woodstock home and recorded the fabled ‘Basement Tapes,’ and their legend was sealed. Their debut album from 1968, ‘Music From Big Pink,’ is a rock classic; the follow-up album, simply titled ‘The Band,’ remains a cornerstone of rock Americana — an astonishing feat considering four of the five members (Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko) are Canadian (drummer Levon Helms hails from Arkansas). After a series of successful albums on their own, they teamed up with Dylan in the mid-’70s for his No. 1 LP ‘Planet Waves’ and a successful tour. Manuel committed suicide in 1986, Danko died in 1999 from heart failure and Helm passed away in 2012 of cancer.

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Ringo Starr Vs. Levon Helm: March Drum Madness

Two legendary icons face off in the opening round of our new March Drum Madness competition, as Ringo Starr of the Beatles matches up against the Band's Levon Helm.

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

Alice Cooper vs. the Band: Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Finals

This month's Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame battle has reached the final round, and it all comes down to either Alice Cooper or the Band.

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Jethro Tull vs. the Band, Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals

This semifinal round of the 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame matches two bands that took very different paths to classic rock glory.

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

Jefferson Airplane vs. the Band – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

Do you want somebody to love, or would you rather go up on Cripple Creek?

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Asylum
Asylum

41 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Reunites With the Band for ‘Planet Waves’

Bob Dylan's his 14th studio album 'Planet Waves,' released on Jan. 17, 1974, found him working with the Band again.

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YouTube.com

38 Years Ago: The Band Stage Legendary Farewell Concert ‘The Last Waltz’

A wise man once said it's better to burn out than fade away, and on Thanksgiving Day of 1976, one of the best live acts of the rock era went out in a blaze of glory.

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Larry Ellis, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Larry Ellis, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Bob Dylan & the Band, ‘The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11′ – Album Review

Don't underestimate the significance of 'The Basement Tapes.'

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Capitol

45 Years Ago: The Band Dig Up Americana Roots on ‘The Band’

The rustic Americana that the Band had rubbed up against on their 1968 debut album 'Music From Big Pink' was just the start.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon and the Muppets Sing ‘The Weight’

Ever since Bette Midler sang 'One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)' to Johnny Carson' in 1992, it's become a tradition for a concluding late-night television show to be sent off with a musical bang. Last night (Feb. 7), Jimmy Fallon said goodbye to 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' in his own way, singing the Band's 'The Weight' with some help from the Muppets.

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YouTube.com

40 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Returns to the Road With the Band

During the first week of January 1974, Bob Dylan went on tour with members of the Band for the first time since 1966, when their controversial shows heralded Dylan's move from folk music to rock. This new collaboration would prove to be no less volcanic.

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