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Songwriter Jesse Winchester, Canadian favorite, dies at 69

Songwriter Jesse Winchester, Canadian favorite, dies at 69

MONTREAL, April 11 (UPI) -- Jesse Winchester, a songwriter who moved to Montreal to escape the U.S. draft in the Vietnam era and became a beloved Canadian artist, died Friday at age 69.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 5, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 5, 2012.
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The Band star Levon Helm dead at 71

The Band star Levon Helm dead at 71

WOODSTOCK, N.Y., April 19 (UPI) -- Arkansas-born rock musician and actor Levon Helm died in New York Thursday after a long battle with cancer, his family said on his Web site. He was 71.
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Helm in 'final stages' of cancer battle

Helm in 'final stages' of cancer battle

WOODSTOCK, N.Y., April 17 (UPI) -- Levon Helm's family said on his Web site Tuesday the Arkansas-born rock musician and actor is in the final stages of his battle with cancer.
Mellencamp to be Hall of Fame presenter

Mellencamp to be Hall of Fame presenter

CLEVELAND, March 20 (UPI) -- Chuck D, John Mellencamp, Stevie Van Zandt and Chris Rock are to be presenters at next month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.
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Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin dead at 80

Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin dead at 80

WAYNE, N.J., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Famed blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin has died of heart failure in Wayne, N.J., his agent said. He was 80.

Toronto gala honors Canadian musicians

TORONTO, April 3 (UPI) -- Robbie Robertson, famed guitarist for The Band, was among the people and songs honored at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala held in Toronto.

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Crossroads festival DVD coming in November

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill., July 30 (UPI) -- A DVD of Eric Clapton's second Crossroads Guitar Festival, which took place Saturday in suburban Chicago, will be released Nov. 6.

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UPI almanac for Thursday, July 5, 2007.

Canada doles out arts awards in Montreal

MONTREAL, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels and Robbie Robertson of The Band were honored with Governor General's performing arts awards Tuesday in Montreal.
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Musician Robbie Robertson poses for photographers at the premiere of the film, 'Ladder 49' at The El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, September 14, 2004. Robertson wrote music for the film which opens in the US October 1st. (UPI Photo/Francis Specker)
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Robbie Robertson, (born Jaime Royal Robertson, July 5, 1943) OC; is a Canadian singer-songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known for his membership as the guitarist and primary songwriter within The Band. He was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The Band has been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. As a songwriter Robertson is responsible for such classics as "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Broken Arrow" and "Somewhere Down the Crazy River", and has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Robertson was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a Jewish father and a Mohawk mother. He had his earliest exposure to music at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, where he spent summers with his mother's family.

By 1958, Robertson was performing in various groups around Toronto, including Little Caesar and the Consuls, Robbie and the Robots, and Thumper and the Trambones. By 1959 he had met singer Ronnie Hawkins, who led a band called The Hawks. In 1960 Hawkins recorded two early Robertson songs, "Hey Boba Lu" and "Someone Like You" on his Mr. Dynamo LP. Robertson then took over lead guitar with The Hawks and toured often, before splitting from Hawkins in 1963.

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