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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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45 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Joins the Band for New Year’s Eve Show

Before the Band closed out 1971 with a New Year's Eve Show in New York, Bob Dylan appeared for the encore. The old friends improvised a four-song set.

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40 Years Ago: The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ Almost Didn’t Happen

An enormous undertaking, the Band's 'Last Waltz' was almost derailed time and again.

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Rhino

The Band Celebrate 40th Anniversary of ‘The Last Waltz’ With Expanded Reissue

'The Last Waltz' was the last to feature the Band's original five-man lineup of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson.

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Capitol

45 Years Ago: The Band Struggle Through Dark and Unfocused ‘Cahoots’

This has always felt like a breakup album.

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Watch the Muppets House Band Cover Beatles and the Band at Outside Lands Festival

Attendees at this year's Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park got to witness Muppet history in the making.

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The Story of Bob Dylan’s Return to the Road With the Band

Bob Dylan's Jan. 3, 1974 debut appearance with the Band – kicking off their first tour together since 1966 – arrived with some details still to be worked out.

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United Artists

The Story of the Band’s Thanksgiving Farewell

A wise man once said it's better to burn out than fade away, and on Thanksgiving Day 1976, the Band's Robbie Robertson-era lineup did just that.

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Capitol

40 Years Ago: The Band Bounce Back, Briefly, With ‘Northern Lights-Southern Cross’

Released some four years after 'Cahoots,' the Band's long-awaited studio follow up found them in a much different place.

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50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Plays With the Band for the First Time

Undaunted by the infamously contentious reception he received when he debuted his new electric sound at Newport, Bob Dylan stayed plugged in when he put together his new band and took them to Texas in the fall of 1965.

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Capitol

How the Band Dug 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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