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Robbie Robertson

Jaime Robert Klegerman popularly known as Robbie Robertson is a guitarist, singer and songwriter born on 5th July, 1943 in Toronto, Canada. Robbie is best remembered for his wonderful performances as a member of “The Band”. As per Rolling Stone magazine he ranked Seventy eight in the list of best hundred Guitarists to be ever born on this planet

Robbie Robertson’s father was a Jew and his mother a Mohawk. Robbie adopted his stepfather's surname after his mother married him. His first experience of music was at Six Nations of the Grand River 1ST Nation, where he went to live during the summers as it was the place of his mother's family folks. Robbie Robertson learned to play guitar at a young age and had written songs and performed in many live shows as a teenager.

Robertson had begun performing with several groups around Toronto by 1958, like “Robbie and Robots”, “Little Caeser and the Consuls” and “Thumper and the Trumbones”. As an Artist Robbie got acquainted to singer Ronnie Hawkins in1959, who was leading a band named “The Hawks” after having shifted to Canada. In 1960 two Robertson songs were recorded by Hawkins, “Someone Like You” and “Hey Boba Lu” on his LP Mr. Dynamo. The relationship eventually developed and Robertson got the opportunity to be the lead guitarist of “The Hawks” and went on many tours with the group. After an association of three years Robbie Robertson decided to part away from Hawkins in 1963. Many compilations and albums of Ronnie Hawkins have Robertson appearing on them.

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