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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.

Capitol
Capitol

The Band’s Big Pink is Now a Vacation Rental Home

The famous house where Bob Dylan and the Band recorded 'The Basement Tapes' is available for rent.

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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan, Along With Members of the Band, Divides Fans at First Concert After Newport

Bob Dylan quickly learned that the Newport reaction to his new electric sound was not an isolated incident.

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Capitol Records

45 Years Ago: The Band Struggle to Cope With Fame on ‘Stage Fright’

The Band delivered a classic with their self-titled second album in 1969 — but almost as quickly as they found their groove, they started falling apart.

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Capitol

47 Years Ago: The Band Release Their Debut Album, ‘Music From Big Pink’

In five seemingly short years, the Band went from backing a mostly obscure rockabilly singer to joining Bob Dylan on tour to becoming a super-popular group in its right.

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Columbia

40 Years Ago: Bob Dylan and the Band’s ‘Basement Tapes’ Finally Gets an Official Release

By the time it came out in June 1975, Bob Dylan and the Band's 'The Basement Tapes' was the most famous album never released.

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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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