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.
50 Years Ago: The Band Boldly Reshapes With 'Rock of Ages'
If it all sounded a little nervy and off the cuff, that's because it was.
Ronnie Hawkins, Rockabilly Star Who Mentored the Band, Dead at 87
He released 20 albums across his influential career.
The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ Special Edition Announced
Restored Criterion Collection version supervised by Robbie Robertson and approved by Martin Scorsese.
Why ‘The Last Waltz’ Was 'One of the Great Moments in Rock'
Former Bill Graham associate tells UCR what it was like working at the legendary concert.
The Band's 'Cahoots' to Return as 50th Anniversary Box Set
Newly remastered and remixed songs will be accompanied by a partial bootleg concert from 1971.
When Eric Clapton Enlisted the Band for 'No Reason to Cry'
He couldn't join the group, so he went for the next best thing.
Bob Dylan Sold the Band’s Songs but Robbie Robertson Doesn’t Mind
Guitarist explains why he’s “over” refusing to allow his music to be used by third parties.
The Band's 'Stage Fright' Expanded in 50th Anniversary Box Set
Previously unreleased material and a complete classic concert recording highlight the set.
Eric Clapton and Band Collaborator Marty Grebb Dead at 74
Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist also played with Bonnie Raitt, Chicago and the Buckinghams.