Robbie Robertson, former guitarist and principal songwriter for The Band, profitable solo artist, movie composer and producer and writer, will obtain the Lifetime Achievement Award within the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame on May 9 in Toronto.
Held throughout Canadian Music Week's Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Entertainment Complex, the musician — and one-time Dreamworks government — might be becoming a member of beforehand introduced 2019 inductees Michael McCarty of SOCAN and Steve Herman of Live Nation.
The 75 yr previous, who launched his memoir, Testimony, in 2016, masking roughly the primary three many years of his life, was born in Toronto and spent his early years on the close by Six Nations Reserve and the Jewish space of Toronto's downtown. He performed guitar from age 10, enjoying in his first bands at age 14 and becoming a member of rockabilly artist Ronnie Hawkins' backing band, the Hawks, when he was simply 17.
The Hawks went on to play with Bob Dylan on his legendary Going Electric excursions in 1965 and 1966. In 1967, Robertson and his bandmates recorded the "basement tapes" with Dylan in Woodstock, New York, earlier than altering their title to The Band and chopping Music from Big Pink in 1968.
Over the course of seven studio albums, Robertson penned such classics as "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Up on Cripple Creek," "Acadian Driftwood" and "It Makes No Difference." The Band's farewell live performance at San Francisco's Winterland on Thanksgiving 1976 was filmed by Martin Scorsese and launched as The Last Waltz.
Robertson went on to attain or produce music for Scorsese's movies together with Raging Bull, The Color of Money, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and the forthcoming The Irishman. He has launched 5 solo albums along with his sixth due later this yr and a documentary primarily based on his Testimony guide is forthcoming.
Robertson has been beforehand honored with Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to lifetime awards from the National Academy of Songwriters and the Native American Music Awards. In Canada he has gained a number of Juno awards, been commemorated twice by Canada's Walk of Fame, been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame, made an Officer of the Order of Canada and obtained the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. Alongside The Band, he was additionally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.