The Band got together in Canada in the years 1958-62, originally as the backing-group for Ronnie Hawkins
In summer 1965 they got into contact with Bob Dylan, and they both toured with him and backed him on several of his electric recordings in 1965-66. After Dylan´s motorbike accident they recorded a lot of material with bob Dylan, known as the "Basement Tapes". These recordings were released on CBS in the 1970´s. The recorded and released their first album "Music From Big Pink" in 1968 on Capitol Records. The album was almost born a legend, and it´s now known as one of the most influetial albums of the late sixties.
They recorded 6 more studio albums for Capitol Records up till 1977. By this time several band members thought it time to stop, and they planned to do a final last concert, called "The Last Waltz" with many invited friends supportings them. A handful of new studio recordings were also made, and the whole thing was released as a 3 LP album on Warner Brothers in 1978.
In 1984-86 Helm and Manuel reformed the Band for new live appearances, and in 1993 they began new album releases. By this time Danko and Hudson had also joined, but sadly had Richard Manuel taken his own life in 1986. Along with Robbie Robertson, Manuel had been a great song writer of the band.
With Rick Danko´s death in 1999 it seems that the Band have recorded for the last time.
Richard Manuel: Born 1947, vocals, piano and occasional drums. Manuel was one of the great voices of the Band, and a key songwriter on their early records. For unknown reasons he stopped writing songs after "Stage Fright"
Robbie Robertson: Born 1943, guitar. Robertson was an extraordinary gifted songwriter, with a unique guitar-style. Robertson has not been back in the Band after their "Last Waltz" concert.
Levon Helm: Born 1940, drums, vocals and mandolin . Helm sang several of the Band´s best known recordings such as "The Weight" and "When I Paint My Masterpiece"
Rick Danko: Born 1943, bass and vocals. The third great singer of the Band. Among Danko´s greatest moments are "Stage Fright" and "It Makes No Difference" .
Garth Hudson: Born 1937, Keyboards. Known as a musical genious, and the quiet member of the Band
Jim Weider: Born 194-, guitar and vocals. Replaced Robertson for the reunion albums
Richard Bell: Born 195-, keyboards and vocals. Joined in the Band for their reunion recordings
Randy Ciarlante: Born 195-, drums. Joined in the Band for their reunion recordings