JULY 5, 1943

CANADIAN MOHAWK GUITARIST “ROBBIE” ROBERTSON BORN

Born Jaime Royal Klegerman, Robbie’s Cayuga-Mohawk mother grew up on the Six Nations Reserve near Toronto.  Robertson is his step-father’s last name.  Robbie was lead guitarist and songwriter for The Band.  The group backed up and recorded with Bob Dylan (1965-68) before making their name in “Music From Big Pink” in August 1968 and was instrumental in creating the Americana music genre.  Robertson has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Canadian Music Halls of Fame as a member of The Band, and into Canada’s Walk of Fame with The Band and on his own.  He is 59th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists.  Robertson is credited for writing “The Weight”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Up on Cripple Creek”, “Broken Arrow”, “Somewhere Down the Crazy River”, and many others.  As a soundtrack producer and composer, he collaborated with director Martin Scorsese on, among other films, The Last Waltz (1978), Raging Bull (1980), and Casino (1995).  

Source:  "Robbie Robertson,” Warner Chappell Music. Retrieved 7/5/2019, http://www.warnerchappell.com/artist-details/379
Photo:  Capitol Records, 12/28-31/1971, Billboard, page 86, 8/26/1972.  Public Domain in U.S.: Published in the U.S. between 1925 and 1977 with no known copyright markings.  Public Domain elsewhere where copyright term is author’s life plus 100 years or less.

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