Members of The Band Accept Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award at 1994 Inductions:
Eric Garth Hudson (b. August 2, 1937) is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist. As the organist, keyboardist and saxophonist for Canadian-American rock group The Band, he was a principal architect of the group’s unique sound. Hudson has been called “the most brilliant organist in the rock world” by Time Magazine and “the first true rock keyboard virtuoso” by Keyboard Magazine.
The Band was a roots rock group that originally consisted of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, trombone, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboard instruments, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, baritone saxophone, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’s backing group, The Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963.
In 1964, they separated from Hawkins, after which they toured and released a few singles as Levon and the Hawks and the Canadian Squires. The next year, Bob Dylan hired them for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966. Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with Dylan to Saugerties, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, which forged the basis for their 1968 debut album Music from Big Pink. Because they were always “the band” to various frontmen, Helm said the name “The Band” worked well when the group came into its own. The group began performing officially as The Band in 1970, and went on to release ten studio albums. Dylan continued to collaborate with The Band over the course of their career, including a joint 1974 tour.
Here is a rare video of Levon Helm, Rick Danko & Garth Hudson) performing “Up On Cripple Creek”:
ExploreMusic talks to Garth Hudson (The Band) pt1:
ExploreMusic talks to Garth Hudson (The Band) pt2:
ExploreMusic talks to Garth Hudson (The Band) pt3:
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2 thoughts on “August 2: Happy Birthday Eric Garth Hudson”
This is after THE LAST WALTZ…that’s probably why Levon didn’t make it on time….Then I hear Robertson’s ego and get Levon even better. Read Levon’s autobiography, it’s one of THE BEST and tells the truth as far as I could tell. God bless Levon. I wish Garth had mentioned him in his THANKS…….Levon thought the world of him.
I noticed that Garth left out Levon as well, but I doubt that it was anything other than an oversight. Levon’s book was good and I enjoyed it, but it had far too many axes to grind. Robbie Robertson wrote the songs and the post-Last Waltz career of the Band definitely bears that out. While Robbie’s book is self serving as well, it brings to light the fact that he offered to buy out the rights from each of the Band members. Levon was bitter and should have been. The business changed and didn’t serve guys who made recordings the same way it served songwriters. That’s not Robbie Robertson’s fault.
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