Robbie Robertson, best known for his work with The Band, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Saturday night at an event in downtown Toronto.
Known for writing hit songs like The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight, and Broken Arrow, the 67-year-old native Torontonian was the main songwriter for The Band and, in 2007, he was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
The announcement that Robertson was going to be one of the coveted inductees was made in February – joining him in this year’s honourary gala were French-Canadian songwriter Luc Plamondon, Pierre Létourneau and Jack Scott (Radio Era: 1939 – 1969), and Roméo Beaudry and John Stromberg (Pioneer Era: Up to 1938).
This is the 7th year that the event has been held. "The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to recognize and honour the accomplishments of our songwriters, and to educate Canadians about our rich song-writing legacy," said Dominic Denny, Executive Director, CSHF, to Newswire. "The work we do would be impossible without the loyal support of our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor, BMO Nesbitt Burns."
And, for the first time, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted songwriters as well as their entire body of work. "In past years, the CSHF has inducted specific songs from Canadian songwriters, but we felt it was also important to acknowledge their entire portfolio of songs, and their overall contributions as Canadian songwriters and storytellers," said Sylvia Tyson, President, CSHF, in the same article.
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