The Band was a rock music group active from 1967 to 1976 and again from 1983 to 1999. The original group (1967–1976) consisted of four Canadians: Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals); Richard Manuel (piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone, organ, vocals); Garth Hudson (organ, piano, clavinet, accordion, synthesizer, saxophone); and Rick Danko (bass guitar, violin, trombone, vocals), and one American, Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, vocals).
The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly
singer Ronnie Hawkins
' backing group, The Hawks
, one by one between 1958 and 1963. Upon leaving Hawkins in 1964, they were known as The Levon Helm Sextet
(the sixth member being sax player Jerry Penfound), then Levon and the Hawks
(without Penfound). In 1965, they released a single on Ware Records under the name Canadian Squires
, but returned as Levon and the Hawks for a recording session for Atco
later in 1965.
At about the same time, Bob Dylan
recruited Helm and Robertson for two concerts, then the entire group for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966.
They also joined him on the informal recordings that later became The Basement Tapes.
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is the eighth album released by Bob Dylan on Columbia Records, catalogue CK 65975. It peaked at #10 on the Pop Album Chart, and went to #3 in the United Kingdom; certified five times platinum in the United States, it is one of his very best-selling albums. Greatest Hits presented his first appearance on records after his epic Blonde on Blonde double-LP of May 1966 and his famed motorcycle accident of that summer.
Greatest Hits presented his first appearance on records after his epic Blonde on Blonde double-LP of May 1966 and his famed motorcycle accident of that summer. With no activity by Dylan since the end of his recent world tour, and no new recordings on the immediate horizon (the Basement Tapes sessions were still months away if the accepted chronologies are correct), Columbia needed new product to continue to capitalize on Dylan's commercial appeal. Hence the appearance of this package, the label's first Dylan compilation, and its first LP release with a $5.98 list price, one dollar more than that of standard releases.