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.
Eric Clapton and Band Collaborator Marty Grebb Dead at 74
Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist also played with Bonnie Raitt, Chicago and the Buckinghams.
Robbie Robertson Recalls the Band’s 1969 Masterpiece at 50
Guitarist and songwriter, along with producer John Simon, looks back.
The Band, 'The Band (50th Anniversary Edition)': Album Review
Reissue of classic 1969 album includes outtakes and Woodstock performance for first time.
Hear the Band’s ‘Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever’ at Woodstock
Full performance from 1969 appears for first time on ‘The Band’ 50th-anniversary edition.
The Band's Self-Titled LP Expanded to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
The reissue was overseen by Robbie Robertson, and features a new stereo mix from the original multi-track masters.
See Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr's World Band Play ‘The Weight'
Musicians in 10 countries collaborate on the Band’s “song that transcends time and space.”
The Band Plan Anniversary Reissue of Self-Titled Masterpiece
The platinum-selling album built on their groundbreaking successes with 1968's 'Music From Big Pink.'
The Beatles, Band, Sex Pistols and the ‘Curse’ of San Francisco
Was the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach right to suggest the area has a way of bringing careers to an end?
Robbie Robertson Planning ‘Violent and Sexy’ Solo Album
The Band guitarist will also find time to work on more 50th anniversary re-releases.