THE BAND: Happy Birthday Garth
The Band's Garth Hudson turns 75 today, Thursday.
Garth Hudson, the mad scientist keyboard and saxophone player in The Band, turns 75 today (Thursday).
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he was the last one to join the now classic five-piece line-up along with fellow Canadians Robbie Robertson, the late Rick Danko, the late Richard Manuel, and one American, the late Levon Helm.
Fearing his parents would think he was wasting away his musical education by joining a rock band, he joined the band on the condition that he be given the title "music consultant" and that his bandmates each pay him $10 a week for music lessons, allowing him to mollify his family's fears that his education had gone to waste. Hudson lives in Woodstock, New York, and he will play at Levon's Midnight Ramble there on August 10th.