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Rock and roll icon Robbie Robertson is a premiere guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer of an extensive treasure trove of musical contributions. He was born in Toronto, Ontario July 5th 1943 and raised part time on the Six Nations Reservation by a mother of Mohawk decent. He was profoundly influenced by the music, rituals and ceremonies of his heritage, and first learned to play guitar while spending time on the Reservation as a young boy. As a teenager, Robertson performed with several groups including Robbie & The Robots and Little Cesar & The Consuls. In 1960 he hooked up with Ronnie Hawkins’ And The Hawks. Robbie quickly came into his own as a guitarist developing a unique blues-rock style on songs such as “Who Do You Love” and “Come Love” which ushered in a new era of guitar sound and influenced many musicians of the time. After playing with Hawkins until 1963, The Hawks including Robbie, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, went out on their own; soon they came to the attention of Bob Dylan and he recruited them as his band on the singer's now-legendary 1965-1966 World Tour when he made his transition from folk to electric music. Continuing their affiliation with Dylan, the group, renamed themselves The Band, and went on to become one of rock's influential acts. Their distinctive sound was propelled by Robertson's acute, evocative guitar playing and songwriting style. They produced a series of seminal LPs, including 1968's Music From Big Pink and the following year's self-titled masterpiece, which were revered by some of the biggest names in rock, including The Beatles, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. The Band made history when it became the first North American act to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine. The Band went on to release 5 more studio albums to critical acclaim and included favorites such as “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “The Weight” and “Up On Cripple Creek”.

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