Robbie Robertson, famed composer, songwriter and frontman of The Band, has passed away at the age of 80. His close friend and collaborator, Martin Scorsese, shared a heartfelt tribute in his honor that shed light on their impressive journey together.
The pair’s journey began in 1978 when Scorsese directed the documentary The Last Waltz to capture the Band’s final performance. After seeing Mean Streets, Robertson asked Scorsese to helm the project and four years later, Robertson scored the music for Scorsese’s 1995 film The King of Comedy.
The remarkable collaboration didn’t end there. Over their careers, Robertson and Scorsese went on to work together on Casino, Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence and The Irishman. Robertson earned two Grammy nominations for the soundtracks for The Wolf of Wall Street and Gangs of New York.
In his tribute, Scorsese spoke to Robertson’s tremendous talent and creative contributions. “The Band’s music, and Robbie’s own later solo music, seemed to come from the deepest place at the heart of this continent, its traditions and tragedies and joys,” he said. “It goes without saying that he was a giant, that his effect on the artform was profound and lasting.”
Scorsese and Robertson completed one final collaboration together for Scorsese’s upcoming feature film Killers of the Flower Moon, which is set to be released in theaters on October 20, 2023.
Robbie Robertson has left an indelible mark in the music industry and in the hearts of those who knew and worked with him. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on in the music and films that he created over his long and remarkable career