Robbie Robertson has passed away :-(

LOVE this guy! The Band was one of my favorites.

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R.I.P. Robbie...thanks for the tunes!!!

One of my favorite quotes:

Robertson said in 1968. “We just don’t think a name means anything. It’s gotten out of hand, the name thing. We don’t want to get into a fixed bag like that.”


Live, The Band sounded more unlike all others I’ve seen than any other (does that make sense? ;-). They actually changed the course of Rock ’n’ Roll, at least to a healthy number of musicians. Nick Lowe in an interview said The Brinsley Schwarz Band (of which he was bassist, singer, and songwriter) was attempting to be the English version of The Band, and utterly failing. Bernie Taupin said Tumbleweed Connection was he and Elton's attempt at making their own "brown" album. Hearing Music From Big Pink lead Clapton to disband Cream, and head to West Saugerties, waiting for The Band to ask him to join.

I’ve played the first two Band albums more than any other titles, by far. Literally thousands of times.

As I posted in the other Robertson thread, that leaves only organist Garth Hudson alive, and he was the oldest member.

Just pulled out his debut solo LP which I haven't listened to in a very long time, (shame on me!).  Man, what a album!  Forgot how much I really like it. 

That 1987 debut album was my fav for close to 2 decades. I only started listening to the Band after getting into RR solo material. My fav meeting of the minds was the movie the Color of Money. My fav director, musician, and actor.

@yyzsantabarbara: Robbie acted in one movie, Carny (1980), in which Jodie Foster and Gary Busey star. Have you seen Robbie’s autobiographical film Once Were Brothers? Very interesting, well worth your time.

Not to minimize Robertson, but Band drummer Levon Helm was in a lot more movies than was Robbie, and Helm’s last two solo albums garnered him a Grammy for each. Levon’s albums draw from his Southern U.S.A. roots (particularly Hillbilly and Blues), while Robbie went in a more modern direction for his solo albums.

By the way, to hear some of Robbie’s best guitar playing, listen to the John Hammond, Jr. album So Many Roads, on which he, Levon, and Band organist Garth Hudson appear. Mike Bloomfield had been hired to play guitar on the sessions, but when he arrived at the studio Robertson was already plugged in. After hearing Robbie play, Mike moved over to piano. ;-) Robbie also plays on Hammond’s I Can Tell album.

It was The Hawks work with Hammond that brought them to the attention of Dylan, who hired them away from John. It wasn't until Music From Big Pink was being readied for release that The Hawks became The Band. At one point in time they were known as Levon & The Hawks. I have a coupla Atco Records 7" 45's from that era, which sold poorly.

Listening to Robbie Robertson's self titled solo circa 87 right now.  Has always been one of my favorite LPs

@bdp24 I have not seen Once we Were Brothers. I will try to check it out. I was reading a very long article about Quincy Jones the other day and I was thinking this is the most interesting man in the world. Robbie should also be very interesting.

On the Color of Money he did the score. I do not think he was in it. I do recall seeing the movie Carney. 

Problem with having a good audio system is I no longer watch TV or movies.



After hearing Rock of Ages, I burned through multiple copies. The horn arrangements put that album over the top. Listen to “King Harvest (has surely come). The vocals and the horns send you back to the 1930s and “the depression”. 

I was in my late teens and yes I was terrible to my albums. 

@szeidman2002: There is a 4-CD/1-DVD expanded boxset of Rock Of Ages, entitled Live At The Academy Of Music 1971. I am fortunate in having seen & heard The Band live in The Berkeley Community Theater during the s/t-"brown" album tour, and they were quite unlike any other I’ve ever seen. IMO they are the best "self-contained" Rock ’n’ Roll band (writing, playing, singing) of them all.

“Once we’re brothers “ is a great biopic. His last album sinematic has that song on it. Very moving. I’m deeply saddened by his passing but eternally grateful I’m alive during this era to appreciate him. Rip Robbie. 

Robertson is also involved with the music for the upcoming Scorsese film Killers Of The Flower Moon. Very appropriate, given Robbie's Native American heritage. 

Watched Once We Were Brothers yesterday and then read up on the Band and RR on the internet. Great movie and it was interesting to read about his experiences in Toronto where I also grew up.

I listened to Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde last night on headphones and liked it. I had that album on SACD for ages but never really listened to it. Maybe I am growing into Dylan. The Before the Flood album has become a recent fav.

I enjoyed the following 2 articles on RR:

Robbie Robertson: Daniel Lanois Remembers His Solo Debut – Rolling Stone

Robbie Robertson: Best Songs With Bob Dylan, the Band, Solo – Rolling Stone