The solo songs he was more famous for in Canada are "Showdown at Big Sky" and "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" - both of which I like, and more so the latter.
I never knew he was living in California, despite that his solo hits were classified as "Canadian content" on Canadian radio. Was he living in Canada in 1987-88?
This makes two members of The Band no longer with us. First, Levon Helm (died April 19, 2012, the day after Dick Clark died), and now Robbie Robertson. Another sad loss in the music world.
Robertson’s original interest and influences inherently had been blues (specifically delta blues in the southern US like those of Arkansas and Tennessee). When he was growing up in Toronto, the stations he listened to besides Buffalo’s were 50 kw AM clear-channel southern powerhouses. Ever since he seriously took up music in the 1960s, he had been active all over the US and the British Isles (and never exclusively and professionally based in Canada, not counting the Canadian legs of his North American tours, where he was a staple in Maple Leaf Gardens arena, whether with the Band or with other prominent acts).The years you specifically mentioned he was collaborating with British musicians for his own solo album, and on other people works (like country singer Maria McKee’s).
BTW, it is the Band 4th passing of their legendary 5-man lineup First: pianist Richard Manuel (died 1986), Second: bassist Rick Danko (died 1999) and third: Levon Helm.
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