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Robbie Robertson
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    (July 5, 1943- )
    Birth name is Jaime Robert Robertson
    Guitarist for The Band (1959-1977)
    Recorded with The Band ‘The Weight,' ‘Lonesome Suzie,' ‘Rag Mama Rag,' ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' and ‘Up On Cripple Creek'
    Composed the soundtracks for ‘Raging Bull,' ‘The King Of Comedy,' ‘The Color Of Money,' ‘Casino' and ‘Gangs Of New York'
    As a solo artist, recorded ‘Showdown At Big Sky,' ‘Broken Arrow' and ‘Somewhere Down The Crazy River'
    Juno award winner for Best Album (1989)
    His name.
    The Band refused to give themselves a name, and adopted the name that people called them when they were playing with Bob Dylan.
    He was a heavy user of drugs and alcohol.
    While with The Band he ignored his Native roots, concentrating instead on the Arkansas heritage of Levon Helm.
    He broke up The Band due to exhaustion.
    His solo works tend to be somewhat mystical.
    He is described as cerebral and private.
    He claims Canadians have a deeper appreciation of good music than Americans.
    He dated actress Charlotte Ayanna, who is over 30 years younger than him.
    He learned guitar as a child while visiting family on the Six Nation reserve.
    He was the creative force of The Band.
    Bob Dylan called him a guitar genius.
    The Band was the first rock group to appear on the cover of ‘Time Magazine.'
    Along with Martin Scorsese, he put together ‘The Last Waltz,' The Band's farewell concert which included some of the top names in music.
    He draws heavily on his Native roots in his solo work.
    He is credited with helping Native music become more mainstream.

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