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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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YouTube

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
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
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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YouTube

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
Capitol

46 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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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
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
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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