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.
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.
The Band's 'Music From Big Pink' Expanded for 50th
One of rock's great debuts is getting an overhaul for its golden anniversary.
When Neil Diamond Joined the Band for 'The Last Waltz'
Some people weren't sure why Neil Diamond was onstage during the Band's all-star Thanksgiving 1976 concert at the Winterland.
When Bob Dylan Joined the Band for New Year’s Eve Show
He took the stage for an impromptu encore after midnight, and a two-and-a-half-hour set.
Why the Band's Thanksgiving Farewell Almost Didn't Happen
An enormous undertaking, 'The Last Waltz' dinner and show was nearly derailed time and again.
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.
When the Band Struggled Through the Dark and Unfocused 'Cahoots'
This has always felt like a breakup album.
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.