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The Band


Garth Hudson, keyboardist, horn player and all-around multi-instrumentalist with the Band, is born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.


Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist with the Band, is born in Marvell, Arkansas.


Richard Manuel, keyboardist and vocalist with the Band, is born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.


Rick Danko, bassist and vocalist with the Band, is born in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.


Robbie Robertson, guitarist and main songwriter for the Band, is born in Toronto, Canada.


Garth Hudson joins Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel in the Hawks, who serve as Arkansas rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’ backup band.


Bob Dylan, backed by the Hawks (better known as The Band), perform in Stockholm, Sweden. Six more weeks of dates follow across Europe in what will come to be regarded as one of rock’s most historic tours.


Bob Dylan and the Hawks (a.k.a. The Band) perform at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Dylan is booed by folk purists who object to his appearing with an electric band. This widely bootlegged concert, often misidentified as having been performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall, is officially released 22 years later as ‘Live 1966.’


A tribute concert to folksinger Woody Guthrie is held at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Featured artists include Bob Dylan, The Band, Judy Collins and Richie Havens.


‘Music from Big Pink,’ the Band’s evocative debut album, is released. It charts no higher than #30 but sells steadily and becomes an acknowledged classic.


The Band makes its live debut at the Winterland in San Francisco.


The Band appear at the British Isle of Wight Festival, performing a set of their own before backing up Bob Dylan.


The Band’s masterful self-titled second album - which contains such classics as “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” – enters Billboard’s album chart. It reaches #9 and eventually goes platinum (1 million copies sold).


The Band appear on the cover of Time magazine beneath the headline “The New Sound of Country Rock.”


The Band’s third album, ‘Stage Fright,’ enters the Billboard album chart. Reaching #5, it is the highest-charting album of their career.


Joan Baez hits #3 with the Band song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”


The Band perform a New Year’s Eve show at New York’s Academy of Music with a full horn section. The show is released in September 1972 as the live double album ‘Rock of Ages.’


The Band, the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers Band perform for a crowd of 600,000 (larger by half than Woodstock!) in upstate New York at the Watkins Glen “Summer Jam.”


Bob Dylan’s ‘Planet Waves,’ which reunites him with The Band as his backing group, is released. Dylan and The Band undertake a six-week, 40-date tour together.


‘Before the Flood,’ a live double album by Bob Dylan and The Band, is released.


The Band bows out with “The Last Waltz,” a grand farewell concert at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. A film documentary, directed by Martin Scorsese, and three-record set of musical highlights follow.


‘Islands,’ the final album by The Band’s original lineup, is released. Having met their contractual obligation to Capitol Records, they are free to disband – which they do.


Richard Manuel of The Band hangs himself at a motel room in Winter Park, Florida.


Seventeen years after their last live performance, the reunited Band – minus Robbie Robertson and the late Richard Manual – release a new album, ‘Jericho.’


The Band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ninth annual induction dinner. Eric Clapton is their presenter.


Allen Toussaint is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the thirteenth annual induction dinner. Robbie Robertson is his presenter.


The Band’s tenth and final studio album, ‘Jubilation,’ is released on the River North label. Original members Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson are joined by such friends as Eric Clapton and John Hiatt.


Rick Danko of the Band dies of heart failure at his home outside Woodstock, New York.


Levon Helm of the Band passes away after a battle with throat cancer. He was 71.