On Nov. 25, 1976 The Band ended a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame worthy career

John Donabie & Robbie Robertson

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John Donabie, Robbie Robertson, Ross Reynolds
John Donabie, Robbie Robertson, Ross Reynolds

On Nov. 25, 1976 The Band ended a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame worthy career with one of the most celebrated concerts in history, The Last Waltz. With the concert’s 40th anniversary this Friday, Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Famer John Donabie (left) passed along this photo taken in the Q107 (CILQ-FM) Toronto studio, just a few months after the release of The Last Waltz in 1978. Robbie Robertson came home to collect a Gold Record. Ross Reynolds (right), then president of Warner Music Canada, asked station management if the award could be presented to Robertson on Donabie’s show because of the announcer’s love for The Band’s music. What Donabie didn’t know is that he would be presented with a plaque of his own that night that read “For His Continuous Support and Promotion of The Band.”