The Band’s main guitarist and composer Robbie Robertson passes away at the age of 80

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The Weight, Up On Cripple Creek, and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down were all created by Robertson.

According to a statement from his management, he passed away surrounded by his family.

The Band began as Bob Dylan’s supporting band before gaining enormous popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1969, they performed at Woodstock.

Along with Canadian-born singer-songwriter Robertson, the ensemble also included Mark “Levon” Helm on drums, Rick Danko on bass, Richard Manuel on keyboards, and all-around musical prodigy Garth Hudson.

The Band’s first two albums, Music From Big Pink and The Band, both released in the late 1960s, continue to serve as the band’s defining works.

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