Happy Birthday Robbie Robertson, 73 Today!
“I feel so lucky to have been in a group where it was a real band. This wasn't a singer and guitar player and some other guys”. (Robbie Robertson, The Band)
In 1989, The Band was inducted into the Canadian Juno Hall of Fame.
In 1994, The Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
In 1997, Robertson received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Natinal Academy of Songwriters.
In 2003, Robertson was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
In 2008, Robertson and The Band received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2014, The Band was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Ranked 59th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists.
All that and much more is Robbie Robertson, whose full name is Jaime Royal Robertson, born on July 5, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. OFF#ROCK selected 10 songs Robertson wrote for The Band.
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", recorded in 1969 and released on their self-titled second album. Joan Baez's cover (watch below) of the song was a top-five chart hit in late 1971
"Across the Great Divide", was first released by The Band on their 1969 album 'The Band'
"The Shape I'm In", was first released on 'Stage Fright', The Band's 1970 album
"The Weight", was released as a single in 1968 and on the group's debut album 'Music from Big Pink'.
In 1994, The Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Robertson joined Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and inductor Eric Clapton onstage to perform it
"Ophelia", was first released by The Band on their 1975 album 'Northern Lights-Southern Cross'
“Chest Fever", is on The Band's 1968 debut album 'Music from Big Pink'
“King Harvest (Has Surely Come)", is the final track on The Band's second album
"Whispering Pines", was first released by The Band on their self-titled 1969 album. Below a lyric video version by Jakob Dylan
"Rag Mama Rag", was first released on The Band's 1969 self-titled album
"Stage Fright", is the title track of The Band's third album 'Stage Fright'