Über The Band
The Band's saga began in the late 1950s when they performed with Ronnie Hawkins as the Hawks. In 1965, they became Bob Dylan's band. After his motorcycle accident in 1966, they changed their name to the Band and relocated to upstate New York in a house they dubbed "Big Pink." It was here that The Band began to write and record songs that would influence anyone in love with music surrounding the myths of Americana lore. Guitarist Robbie Robertson, pianist Richard Manuel, drummer Levon Helm, and bass player Rick Danko all shared singing responsibilities. From the swamp boogie of "Up on Cripple Creek" to the pure soul of "The Weight," the Band had just begun to realize their ability to capture and release the ghosts of Okie souls in their unpretentious, down-home, roots music. While the songs available here run the gamut of the Band's almost incalculable career, many of their fans believe the sessions recorded at Big Pink to be their collective opus. Manuel took his life in 1986. Rick Danko died in his sleep on December 10, 1999.