Robbie Robertson, lead guitarist and songwriter of The Band, dies at 80

Robbie Robertson, The Band’s lead guitarist and songwriter who in such classics as “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night time They Drove Previous Dixie Down” mined and helped reshape American music, died Wednesday at 80.

Robertson died surrounded by household in Los Angeles “after a protracted sickness,” publicist Ray Costa mentioned in an announcement.

From their years as Bob Dylan’s masterful backing group to their very own stardom as embodiments of old style group and virtuosity, The Band profoundly influenced well-liked music within the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s, first by actually amplifying Dylan’s polarizing transition from folks artist to rock star after which by absorbing the works of Dylan and Dylan’s influences as they original a brand new sound immersed within the American previous.