Eric Garth Hudson, 2 August 1937, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Multi-instrumentalist Hudson is widely regarded one of the most creative and technically accomplished musicians of the rock era, and can boast of an extensive session career alongside his membership of one of the most respected groups of the late 60s and early 70s, the Band.
Raised by musical parents in London, Ontario, Hudson was classically trained in piano, music theory, harmony and counterpoint. After playing with a number of local dance bands during the late 50s, in 1961 he joined the Hawks, the backing band for rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins. To appease his parents, who were displeased he was joining a rock n roll band, he was compelled to give music lessons to his bandmates Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Levon Helm. The Hawks evolved into the Band in 1968 and made their acclaimed debut the same year with Music From Big Pink. One of the...