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The Band

"The Band" was an influential Canadian-American rock and roll group of the 1960s and 1970s.

The members of The Band first worked together as "The Hawks", the backing band of rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins from 1959 until 1963. Afterwards, Bob Dylan recruited the quintet for his history-making 1965–1966 world tour, and they joined him on the informal recordings that became the acclaimed ''Basement Tapes.''

Dubbed "The Band" by their record company (a name derivative how they were referred to during their tenure with Dylan), the group left the comfort of their communal home in Woodstock to begin recording in their own right. They recorded two of the most important albums of the late 1960s: their 1968 debut ''Music from Big Pink'' (featuring the hit single "The Weight") and 1969's ''The Band.'' These critically praised albums helped conceive country rock as something more than a genre: as a celebration of "Americana." Throughout the psychedelic era, The Band repopularized traditional American musical forms. They broke up in 1976, but reformed in 1983 without founding guitarist and main songwriter Robbie Robertson.

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years active 1967 in music
origin Toronto, Ontario
country Canada/United States
music genre Rock and roll
current members Levon Helm
Rick Danko (deceased)
Garth Hudson
Jim Weider
Randy Ciarlante
Richard Bell (musician)
past members Robbie Robertson
Richard Manuel (deceased)
Stan Szelest (deceased)
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