The Band’s lead guitarist and songwriter, Robbie Robertson passed away at age 80
Canadian musician, Robbie Robertson passed away Wednesday at the age of 80. He is known for being the guitarist and main songwriter for The Band.
He was the mastermind behind the iconic tracks “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
Robertson passed in Los Angeles surrounded by family, according to his publicist. Garth Hudson is now the last surviving member of the group.
The Band was made up of Levon Helm the drummer-singer, Rick Danko the bassist-singer-songwriter, Richard Manuel the keyboardist-singer-songwriter, and Hudson who played multiple instruments.
The group was extremely influential for the Americana and alt-country genres.
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Robertson also had several solo albums and was a writer on many other songs:
“Snow” by Jesse Winchester
“Davey’s on the Road Again” by John Simon
“Dry Your Eyes” by Neil Diamond
“It’s in the Way That You See It” by Eric Clapton