The music world is somber as the iconic lead guitarist and primary songwriter of The Band, Robbie Robertson, bids farewell at the age of 80. This news has been confirmed by a family member, Dawn Robertson.
Robertson's legacy is marked by the creation of foundational Americana classics such as "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," and the thought-provoking "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," narrated through the lens of Confederate soldiers.
Beginning as the backing band for Bob Dylan, known as The Hawks, they ascended to stardom with lauded albums like "Music From Big Pink" (1968) and "The Band" (1969).
Collaborating with the renowned director Martin Scorsese, Robertson and The Band delivered an unforgettable swan song through the legendary performance and concert film "The Last Waltz" (1978), capturing the essence of their final show.
Stepping into a solo journey, Robertson contributed music to Scorsese's films and released solo albums, notably "Sinematic" in 2019.
Robertson becomes the fourth member of The Band to pass away, following Richard Manuel (1986), Rick Danko (1999), and Levon Helm (2012), leaving Garth Hudson as the sole surviving member.
Delving into Robertson's background unveils a captivating heritage: born as Jaime Royal Robertson, he is the son of a Mohawk mother and a notable figure in the Jewish underworld, Alexander Klegerman.