About The Band
In less than a decade, The Band went from backing Bob Dylan to reshaping the sound of ’70s music, ultimately becoming one of the most influential rock groups of all time.
∙ Originally formed in the late ’50s as the backing band to rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins, the group was later recruited to play with Bob Dylan for his first “electric” tours in 1965 and 1966.
∙ In 1967, they recorded with Dylan in Woodstock, producing a highly influential—and widely bootlegged—collection of demos that formed the basis of his 1975 LP, The Basement Tapes.
∙ The Band’s debut LP, Music From Big Pink, arrived in 1968 and included “The Weight,” which became one of their best-known songs after appearing in the iconic film Easy Rider.
∙ After performing at Woodstock in 1969, they issued their self-titled sophomore album, which was later included among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
∙ Billed as The Last Waltz and captured by director Martin Scorsese, the original lineup’s farewell concert in 1976 was issued two years later as an acclaimed triple LP and documentary film.
∙ In 1994, The Band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Eric Clapton, and they received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
ORIGINToronto, Ontario, Canada