Jaime Robbie Robertson
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Best known as lead guitarist of the cult favorite The Band, Robertson and his fellow "Bandmembers" worked together for Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan before branching out on their own with their distinctive, driving synthesis of rock, folk, and jazz. After The Band's final performance together (recorded in Martin Scorsese's memorable 1978 "The Last Waltz"), Robertson moved into solo performing, record producing, and composing for films, including several collaborations with Scorsese (e.g., "The King of Comedy" 1983; "The Color of Money" 1986). Other credits include Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World" (1991), Barry Levinson's "Jimmy Hollywood" (1994) and Jon Turletaub's "Phenomenon" (1996).
Robertson has also acted occasionally, making his debut as a jaded carnival barker in "Carny" (1980), which he also produced and co-authored the story. He also played a small supporting role in Sean Penn's "The Crossing Guard" (1995)
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Recruited to play guitar for Ronnie Hawkins at age 15
Robertson and Hawkins' other group members (Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson) left to form own group
Changed group name from Levon and the Hawks to the Crackers to the Canadian Squires
After hearing the band, singer John Hammond Jr. asked them to perform and record with him in New York, Chicago, and Texas
Bob Dylan hired them as his electrified backup band at his Forest Hills concert, August 28
After Dylan's motorcycle accident, group settled in Woodstock, NY and worked with him on informal recording sessions, eventually (1975) released as "The Basement Tapes"
Group changed its name to The Band, records first album, "Music from Big Pink", in basement studio of their West Saugerties, NY, home
First concert as The Band at San Francisco's Winterland
Produced Neil Diamond's album, "Beautiful Noise"
Farewell concert in November at Winterland to celebrate official breakup of The Band (recorded in Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary "The Last Waltz")
Starred in and composed part of the score for Robert Kaylor's film "Carny"
Served as music arranger on Scorcese's "Raging Bull"
Composed score for Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"
Composed score for Scorsese's "The Color of Money"
First solo album, "Robbie Robertson", released by Geffen Records
Music director and technical consultant on Taylor Hackford's film, "Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll"
Acted as music consultant on Scorcese's "Casino"
Supervised soundtrack on "Phenomenon"