After a long illness, Robbie Robertson has died of Prostate Cancer in Los Angeles. The Canadian born guitarist and singer-song writer best known for his tenue with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group simply known as The Band. After being the backup band for Ronnie Hawkins calling themselves The Hawks, the group went on to backup Bob Dylan. After leaving Dylan, Robbie and the group went on to have great success. Robertson wrote many of the most memorable songs for The Band including “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “The Weight”, “The Shape I’m in”, and “Up on Cripple Creek.”
The Band’s last performance was made into a film called “The Last Waltz”. The film remains as one of the very best live concert films ever. Robbie’s association with the director of the concert film, led to Robertson doing some acting as well as other collaborations with the famed director. The last Robbie Robertson album SINEMATIC was released in 2019. The album included a duet with Van Morrison called “I Hear You Paint Houses”.