The Band

Launched to fame as Bob Dylan's backing group in 1966, The Band then became musical icons in their own right with a roots-rock sound which, despite their Canadian heritage, was steeped in the rich tradition of ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1963 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Music (25)

And So it Goes 2014 (Movie)

("Up On Cripple Creek") (Song Performer)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 (Movie)

("The Weight") (Song Performer)

Everything Must Go 2011 (Movie)

("I Shall Be Released") (Song Performer)

The Dilemma 2011 (Movie)

"Baby Don't You Do It" (Song Performer)

Observe and Report 2009 (Movie)

("When I Paint My Masterpiece") (Song Performer)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

("I Shall Be Released") (Song Performer)

1408 2007 (Movie)

("The Weight") (Song Performer)

A Home at the End of the World 2004 (Movie)

("Look Out Cleveland") (Song Performer)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

("The Weight") (Song Performer)

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

("The Weight") (Song Performer)

Prefontaine 1997 (Movie)

("I Shall be Released") (Song Performer)

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

("Life Is a Carnival") (Song Performer)

Little Big League 1994 (Movie)

("Stuff You Gotta Watch") (Song Performer)

Amongst Friends 1993 (Movie)

("I Shall Be Released") (Song Performer)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

("I Shall Be Released") (Song)

The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Indian Runner 1991 (Movie)

("I Shall Be Released") (Song Performer)

Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

song performer "Like a Rolling Stone"(("Life Lessons")) (Song Performer)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

("I Shall Be Released") (Song Performer)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)

("Up on Cripple Creek") (Song Performer)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

("The Weight") (Song Performer)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

("Don't Do It" "Theme from The Last Waltz" "Up on Cripple Creek" "Shape I'm In" "It Makes No Difference" "Stagefright" "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" "Chest Fever" "Ophelia" "The Weight" "Evangeline" "Old Time Religion" (traditional) "Genetic Metho (Song Performer)

Easy Rider 1969 (Movie)

("The Weight") (Song Performer)
Actor (5)

Festival Express 2004 (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Launched to fame as Bob Dylan's backing group in 1966, The Band then became musical icons in their own right with a roots-rock sound which, despite their Canadian heritage, was steeped in the rich tradition of Americana. The Band's original line-up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manuel, organist Garth Hudson and the only American member, drummer Levon Helm, gradually came together in the early '60s as the backing band of rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins. After outgrowing their frontman, the group decided to part company with Hawkins in 1963 and went onto record a number of singles under the guises Levon & the Hawks and The Canadian Squires before returning to the sidelines when they accepted an invitation to back Bob Dylan on a year-long tour. The previously edgy rock'n'roll outfit initially struggled to adapt to both Dylan's free-wheeling folksy approach and his often disapproving audience, with Helm choosing to temporarily walk away altogether, but ultimately persevered, going on to record the widely bootlegged <i>The Basement Tapes</i> together in 1967 and perform at Dylan's legendary show at Manchester's Free Trade Hall in 1966. The Band's association with Dylan continued with three co-writes on their 1968 debut album, <i>Music from Big Pink</i>, although it was the Robertson-penned "The Weight" which proved to have the most lasting impact thanks to its inclusion on cult classic "Easy Rider" (1969). Following the release of 1969's eponymous second LP, The Band embarked on their first headlining national tour, addressed their anxieties about fame on 1970's <i>Stage Fright</i>, and worked with the likes of Allen Toussaint and Van Morrison on 1971's <i>Cahoots</i>. By this point Robertson's increasing creative control over the band was causing significant tension, and after 1973 covers album, <i>Moondog Matinee</i>, a reunion with Dylan on his 1974 LP <i>Planet Waves</i>, and 1975's critically-acclaimed <i>Northern Lights - Southern Cross</i>, they announced their retirement from the live stage. The Band bid farewell to touring with a star-studded concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom which was documented by Martin Scorsese in "The Last Waltz" (1976), while the group's final album with the original line-up, <i>Islands</i>, arrived a year later. Following a six-year break, The Band, minus Robertson, began performing together again, and despite the suicide of founding member Manuel in 1986, they continued to tour throughout the rest of the decade. The Band even returned to the studio in the '90s for three unexpected additions to their influential back catalogue, <i>Jericho</i>, <i>High on the Hog</i> and <i>Jubilation</i>, and in 1994 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, after Danko died in his sleep at the end of 1999, The Band called it a day for good. In 2008, they were awarded a Lifetime Achievement at the Grammys, but the list of surviving members dwindled to two in 2012 when Helm passed away from cancer.

Milestones

1976

Commemmorate retirement from stage with farewell show dubbed "The Last Waltz"

1968

Released debut album <i>Music from Big Pink</i>

1965

Began long-running affiliation with Bob Dylan

1963

Broke away from Ronnie Hawkins to pursue own career

Bonus Trivia

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The band's list of Billboard 200 entries also includes live albums Rock of Ages and The Last Waltz, compilations The Best of The Band and Greatest Hits, and Bob Dylan collaborations Before the Flood and The Bootleg Series. Vol. 4.

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