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When the Band emerged in 1968 with Music From Big Pink, they were already a seasoned and cohesive unit. Four of the band, Robbie Robertson (Jaime Robert Robertson, 5 July 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; guitar/vocals), Richard Manuel (b. 3 April 1943, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, d. 4 March 1986, Winter Park, Florida, USA; piano, drums, vocals), Garth Hudson (b. Eric Garth Hudson, 2 August 1937, London, Ontario, Canada; keyboards, saxophone, accordion) and Rick Danko (b. Richard Clare Danko, 29 December 1942, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, d. 10 December 1999, Marbletown, New York, USA; bass/vocals), had embraced rock n roll during its first flush of success in the late 50s. One by one they joined the Hawks, a backing group formed by US rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins that included fellow American Levon Helm (b. Mark Lavon Helm, 26 May 1940, Marvell, Arkansas, USA; drums, mandolin, vocals). A minor figure in the USA, by the late 50s Hawkins had moved to...