[lastfm]Robbie Robertson[/lastfm], guitarist and primary songwriter for [lastfm]The Band[/lastfm], will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this April. Robertson wrote most of The Band’s hits, including “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “Broken Arrow.” He also worked extensively with [lastfm]Bob Dylan[/lastfm], first when The Band backed him on his controversial electric tour of ’66, and later playing guitar on Blonde on Blonde.
This is not the first time Robertson’s talent has been recognized. The Band has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and Robertson has receive numerous other honors.
Robertson is one of the first songwriters to have his entire portfolio honored in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Previously, only specific songs had been inducted, but focus is now being set on recognizing the overall contribution of Canadian songwriters.