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Overview (3)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameJaime Robert Robertson
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robbie Robertson was born on July 5, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Jaime Robert Robertson.

Spouse (1)

Dominique Bourgeois (1967 - ?) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Fender Stratocaster guitar

Trivia (11)

He is half Mohawk Indian and half Jewish.
He was part of the group The Band.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Band) in 1994.
Has three children: Alexandra, Delphine, and Sebastian
Attended R.H. King High School in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.
Is a good friend and frequent collaborator of Martin Scorsese.
Although The Band originated as Bob Dylan's touring group, they went on to be voted 50th in the "Immortals," the 50 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of All Time.
In The Last Waltz (1978), improvised a guitar solo to give Eric Clapton time to put his guitar strap back on (the strap had come undone while Clapton began his song "Further On Up the Road").
Only member of The Band not to attend the funeral of Richard Manuel, piano player for the group, who hanged himself during the band's reunion tour.
Pictured on one of four non-denominated Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring Canadian recording artists, issued 30 June 2011. Price of issue was 59¢. Others honored in this issue were Bruce Cockburn, Kate McGarrigle & Anna McGarrigle (on a single stamp), and Ginette Reno.
Father of musicians Sebastian Robertson and Delphine Robertson.

Personal Quotes (4)

We tried to do things that had a musical sensitivity. As everybody else was getting louder and louder, we were getting softer and softer.
[on whether fame was a contributing factor to his breaking up with The Band] It's hard to be clairvoyant enough to see if things would've been different. In the beginning, you're all single and in it together. You mature in different directions. Everybody grows in their own way. And so you start seeing things through different lenses.
[on making music in the late seventies] A lot of people at that time went into this tunnel of insanity and decadence and self-abuse, and didn't come out the other end. It was a rugged and ragged journey.
Years ago, when I was playing with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks on Yonge Street, Neil and Joni were playing Yorkville for people sipping cappuccinos. There was no one sipping cappuccinos where we were. But even though we were on different sides of the tracks, there was a unity. Music was warming up to become the voice of a generation and we needed to join forces to make that noise, to possibly make a difference. I kinda miss that today.

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