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Today is Wednesday, July 5, the 186th day of 2006 with 179 to follow.
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The weekly UPI Almanac package for July 3-9, 2006.
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The Band remembered in new box set

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The Band's Robbie Robertson says the new box set of the group's music is a compilation that does Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees justice.

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Today is Tuesday, July 5, the 186th day of 2005 with 179 to follow.
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Sarah McLachlan goes 'Into the West'

ATLANTA, May 24 (UPI) -- Singer Sarah McLachlan has re-recorded her song "World on Fire" as a duet with Robbie Robertson to promote the upcoming TNT mini-series, "Into the West."

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Townes Van Zandt born in Fort Worth, Texas, 1944. Jack Anglin of Johnnie & Jack killed in auto crash enroute to Patsy Cline's memorial service, 1963.
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Feature: Rita Coolidge, cabaret singer

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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Tom Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, who was born in 1941; Phil May of The Pretty Things in 1944 (age 58); REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer and Blue Oyster Cult's Joe Bouchard, both in 1948 (age 54); Iron Maiden guitar
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Rock News Two: The week in pop

Australian rockers The Vines, whose debut album "Highly Evolved" has been certified gold, will headline the MTV2 Handpicked Tour, a companion tour to the "MTV2 Handpicked Vol. II" enhanced CD. U.K. quartet The Music, whose debut album will be released in
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Dana Glover's "Testimony," just out on DreamWorks records, is an impressive debut. After years paying her dues in North Carolina, New York and Nashville, the gospel and soul-influenced singer/songwriter found her niche in Los Angeles, where she soon was d
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Today in Music: a look back in pop music

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Robbie Robertson
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)

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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