Jaime Royal "Robbie" Robertson, OC (born July 5, 1943) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter within The Band. As a songwriter, Robertson is credited for such songs as "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Broken Arrow" and "Somewhere Down the Crazy River". He has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was ranked 59th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Robertson was born Jaime Robert Klegerman in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His mother Rosemarie Myke Chrysler, was Mohawk, born and raised on the Six Nations Reservation. His father, Alexander David Klegerman, was Jewish. Robertson has said that both traditions have influenced his religious outlook. His father died from a hit-and-run accident when he was a very young child, and his mother remarried to James Patrick Robertson, who adopted Robbie and whose surname Robbie took. 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...
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