''THE BAND'' FRONTMAN ROBBIE ROBERTSON DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS AT 80
Aug 09, 2023
By Bob Komsic
Arguably one of rock’s greatest songwriters and musicians has died. Cause unknown.
Best known for the classic hits the 80-year-old Robbie Robertson wrote for The Band, including ”The Weight,” ”Up on Cripple Creek,” ”The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” ”The Shape I’m In,” his story with the group was captured in a 2019 documentary ”Once Were Brothers.”
After playing with Ronnie Hawkins’ back up group the Hawks in the early ’60s, the Hawks played on tours with Bob Dylan in the mid-to-late ’60s before the group went out on their own as The Band, reaching superstardom in the ’70s.
In lieu of flowers, the family of the Indigenous, Toronto-born Robertson has asked that donations be made to the Six Nations of the Grand River in Brantford to support a new cultural centre.