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Robbie Robertson, lead guitarist and songwriter of The Band, dies at 80

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By HILLEL ITALIE

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Shame, I have only one album from Robbie Robertson, self titled, 1995....

My favorite track........

Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River (Official Music Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KP9PNSUME4

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I Dad corrected me 1987....ho hum

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Last week Peter Barakan did a special on The Band. He may had a premonition? RIP and thanks for the great music

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The Band is a band before my time but I do enjoy Van Morrison doing Caravan live with the boys. It's time to cue it up one more time.

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Robbie Robertson’s name very underrated. I mean very. Even in his home country, Canada, underrated. Worked and created with the Band and Bob Dylan so well. In on all projects. Clever and artistically poignant songwriter at the same time.

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RIP, Robbie Robertson.

Anyone who wants to watch his dynamic personality, the music and the popularity of the Band should watch the Last Waltz. Before the Flood, with Bob Dylan and the Band, one of the great live recordings, ever...along with Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat.

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I liked the band.

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RIP.

The Band were a bit before my time, but one song stood out so much the first time I watched Easy Rider, I had to look it up.

This is an amazing version featuring Robbie and musicians from all over the world.

https://youtu.be/ph1GU1qQ1zQ

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Robbie Robertson was a living legend and now dead he becomes a real one. He had a fabled life and this obit does justice to his contribution to popular music which formed part of the soundtrack of a generation. Sad to see him go. RIP

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My folks lived in Toronto for a couple of years in the 60s and used to go and see the Hawks before their work with Dylan. The venue is still there, but is now the Hard Rock Cafe. I don't remember him playing the Band in the car, it was Dylan all the time, but my dad always spoke highly of them.

I miss my dad, so thanks Robbie and RIP. It sounds like Big Pink and the Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo came out within weeks of each other, so that's the birth of country rock right there.

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TheDalaiLamas..... - Great clip that one.

I also was exposed to The Weight in Easy Rider. Saw it in 1970. Such a travellers tale. That movie also opened my eyes to Steppenwolf, Jimi, Roger McGuinn, Electric Prunes etc. Actually the Weight in the movie was a cover because they didn't have the rights to the original.

After I saw Easy Rider I bought their "Brown Album"

So many great compositions on that record - "The night they drove old Dixie down", "Up on Cripple Creek", "Rag Mama Rag", "King Harvest" - in fact all of them.

RR - a true musical great.

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He's not just Canadian born, he's Canadian. One of the best song writers and guitarist of all time, RIP Robbie.

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 In “The Weight,” with its lead vocals passed around among group members like a communal wine glass,

Me, my brother and my dad used to do this at Christmas. I was the weakest link on guitar and vocals but wonderful memories.

Robbie Robertson wrote and played beautiful things.

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kohakuebisu 09:24 am JST

My folks lived in Toronto for a couple of years in the 60s and used to go and see the Hawks before their work with Dylan. The venue is still there, but is now the Hard Rock Cafe. I don't remember him playing the Band in the car, it was Dylan all the time, but my dad always spoke highly of them.

I miss my dad, so thanks Robbie and RIP. It sounds like Big Pink and the Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo came out within weeks of each other, so that's the birth of country rock right there.

That’s a nice anecdote. The Band were a great band and made some sublime music, particularly the first two studio albums and the live album with Dylan, Before The Flood.

Whispering Pines is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDyLukweBGw

By a strange coincidence I was looking at he book Small Town Talk by Barney Hoskyns just yesterday:

https://www.amazon.com/Small-Town-Talk-Morrison-Woodstock/dp/0306823209

RIP JR Robbie Robertson

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Respectful farewell to Robbie Robertson.

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R.I.P. Robbie. Here's a beauty written by Robbie and sung by Rick. The words have never been more poignant... It Makes No Difference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfBqWNFOVo8

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