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In his lyrics, Evangeline is a girl from the Maritimes who awaits her absent lover in Louisiana, but the storyline and time period differ from Longfellow's original poem. In April 1977, country singer Emmylou Harris and gospel vocal group The Staple Singers were filmed on a sound stage at MGM performing with The Band. Emmylou Harris performed on "Evangeline", a new song written by Robertson, and The Staples Singers performed on a new recording of "The Weight," which they themselves had recorded a version of in 1968.
Jaime Royal "Robbie" Robertson,OC (born July 5, 1943), is a Canadian musician, songwriter, film composer, producer, actor, and author.