2015: Performing in Alabama
When Elvis Presley connected with lead guitar man Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black in the spring of 1954, they were three guys messing around, without any expectations. Moore and Black had day jobs and played in a Memphis country band on the side. And when Elvis's early Sun recordings started to sell, they had no drummer. When they joined the weekly Louisiana Hayride country music stage and radio show in Shreveport in the fall of 1954, they had no drummer.
On August 2, Garth Hudson, The Band's organist and master musician, turned 80. He and Robbie Robertson and the sole survivors of the original Band, which began as the Hawks, backing Canadian rockabilly (and Arkansas native) Ronnie Hawkins. Born in Windsor, Ontario in 1937, Eric Garth Hudson, the classically-trained son of musician parents who didn't approve of rock and roll, nonetheless jumped into it in the late 50's when he joind the Canadian band Paul London & The Capers. Here are some career highlights.