February 08, 2011

Robertson in songwriters' hall of fame

Robbie Robertson to join Songwriters Hall of Fame

Luc Plamondon among Quebec songwriters to be honouredRobbie Robertson's prowess at penning poignant, moving songs will be celebrated this spring when he is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The honour will be the latest such accolade for the Toronto-born musician and former member of The Band, who has previously been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Robertson is known for such classic songs as The Weight, Somewhere Down the Crazy River, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Broken Arrow.

He will be feted at a April 2 gala in Toronto as one of two modern-era songwriters, along with French-Canadian colleague Luc Plamondon, who has penned hits for artists such as CĂ©line Dion and Robert Charlebois.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Robertson Works with Clapton, Reznor.

1 comment:

Burt said...

Robbie Robertson is also featured in the documentary, "Making A Noise: A Native American Musical Journey" (1998).

What I admire most about Robertson is that he backed up Bob Dylan during the mid-sxties before The Band reached its popularity.

His song, "The Weight" is also featured in the original Dennis Hopper film, "Easy Rider" with Peter Fonda.

Of my lists of favorite native rock musicians; Jesse Ed Davis (Kiowa) Taj Mahal et.al,; Jimmy Carl Black (Cheyenne) Frank Zappa & The Mothers; Robertson is one of the last from that era.