Jaime Robbie Robertson, 5 July 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Robertsons professional career began in 1960 when he replaced guitarist James Evans in Ronnie Hawkins backing group, the Hawks. Robertsons rough, but exciting style prevails on several of Hawkins releases, including Matchbox, Bo Diddley and Who Do You Love, the last of which boasts an arresting solo. The group then left Hawkins and by 1964 was barnstorming tiny American venues, firstly as the Canadian Squires, then as Levon And The Hawks. They recorded a handful of singles including Robertsons The Stones I Throw, which showed the genesis of a remarkable compositional talent. The compulsive backing the Hawks had provided on sessions by blues singer John Hammond led to their association with Bob Dylan. Their emphatic drive underscored Robertsons raging guitar work and helped complete the one-time folk singers...
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