Robbie Robertson

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Robbie Robertson (2007)

Jaime Robbie Robertson (born July 5, 1943 in Toronto , Ontario ) is a Canadian rock musician (guitarist, singer and songwriter). He became known as a member of the group The Band , which Bob Dylan accompanied in the mid-1960s and released eight studio albums from 1968.


Robertson, son of a Jewish and a Mohawk - Indian learned early to play guitar. As early as the late 1950s, he played in various bands in Toronto and the surrounding area. In 1960 he joined the band The Hawks around singer Ronnie Hawkins .

When Hawkins left the group in 1963, they first called themselves Canadian Esquires and Levon and the Hawks , until they finally took the name The Band .

Bob Dylan signed the band as his backing band from 1965 to 1966 after first performing with "electric" accompaniment at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival .

The title The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, written by Robertson, is one of the most famous songs by the Canadian-American rock group The Band. It first appeared on the album The Band in 1969 , but was never released as a single. Folk singer Joan Baez landed her first and only US top ten hit with a cover version in 1971. In the German-speaking countries, the melody was mainly known through the number one hit On the day when Conny Kramer died by Juliane Werding in 1972.

In 1968 the album Music from Big Pink was released , which made the band one of the most famous American rock bands . Robertson wrote most of the songs and was considered their leading head.

But in 1976 he broke up the band. The Band - The Last Waltz is the documentation of the legendary farewell concert. At the reunification in 1983 Robertson was not there.

In 1980 Robertson wrote the music for Martin Scorsese's film Like a Wild Bull . Robertson worked on other Scorsese film projects. In 1986 he worked (together with Gil Evans ) on the soundtrack of The Color of Money , but had to limit his activities on the soundtrack album in order not to hinder his first solo album. He was also responsible for the film music for Shutter Island , which appeared in 2010 .

From 1987 onwards he released solo CDs at irregular intervals, with, however, waning commercial success.

In 2004 Robertson's song "Shine Your Light" appeared on the soundtrack of the film Im Feuer (Ladder 49 , with John Travolta ).

The album How to Become Clairvoyant was ranked 10th on its list of "50 Best Albums of 2011" by Rolling Stone magazine .

The song The Money Chant is sung by the two actors in the film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) in a restaurant scene with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey . It can also be heard in the outro of the film.

The Rolling Stone listed Robertson as 59th of the 100 best guitarists and 45th of the 100 best songwriters of all time .


Solo albums

  • 1987: Robbie Robertson (incl.Sweet Fire Of Love and Testimony with U2 , Fallen Angel and Broken Arrow with Peter Gabriel , CA: Double platinum× 2Double platinum , US / UK: goldgold)
  • 1991: Storyville (CA:platinumplatinum)
  • 1994: Music for the Native Americans (CA:goldgold)
  • 1998: Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy
  • 2011: How to Become Clairvoyant
  • 2019: Sinematic


Filmography (selection)

Web links

Commons : Robbie Robertson  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Soundtrack Album The Color of Money (The Band)
  2. Shutter Island ( Memento from January 30, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  3. 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Rolling Stone , December 18, 2015, accessed August 7, 2017 .
  4. The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Rolling Stone , August 2015, accessed August 7, 2017 .
  5. Music Sales Awards: CA US UK