The Band's Robbie Robertson Writing Musical About Native Americans

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Robbie Robertson, formerly of the seminal rock group The Band, is writing a stage musical about Native Americans, The New York Post's Liz Smith reported.

No other details about the aborning show were mentioned. Robertson, born in 1943, is the son of a Jewish father and Mohawk mother. He formed The Band with fellow musicians Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel. They came to prominence first as Bob Dylan's back-up band. Together they worked on Dylan's famous "Basement Tapes." The Band's first album, a result of the "Basement" sessions, was 1969's "Music From Big Pink." A self-titled album followed the next year.

Among the group's well-known songs are "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down." The Band broke up on Thanksgiving Day 1976, after a concert which was captured by Martin Scorcese in the moive "The Last Waltz."

The Band was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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