Levon Helm, Key Member Of The Band, Dies At Age Seventy-One: UPDATE


This has been a tough week in regards to the passing of recent greats in the world of music, yesterday it was Dick Clark, today Levon Helm a key member of The Band, dead at the age of 71 from cancer.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With songs like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” ”The Weight” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” The Band fused rock, blues, folk and gospel to create a sound that seemed as authentically American as a Mathew Brady photograph or a Mark Twain short story.

In truth, the group had only one American — Levon Helm.

Helm, the drummer and singer who brought an urgent beat and a genuine Arkansas twang to some of The Band’s best-known songs and helped turn a bunch of musicians known mostly as Bob Dylan’s backup group into one of rock’s most legendary acts, has died. He was 71.

Helm, who was found to have throat cancer in 1998, died Thursday afternoon, according to his website. On Tuesday, a message on the site said he was in the final stages of cancer.”

RIP to Levon Helm. Also want to pass on condolences and prayers to both the families of Levon Helm and Dick Clark.

With MANY THANKS To WABCAM.com, Michael Hill,and The AP. Read More Here:“Levon Helm, Key Member Of The Band, Dies At 71″

UPDATE:

With MANY THANKS To Both AP And YouTube. Watch Video Here:

“Levon Helm, the drummer and singer who brought an urgent beat and a genuine Arkansas twang to some of The Band’s best-known songs and helped turn a bunch of musicians into one of rock’s most legendary acts, has died. He was 71. (April 19)”

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The Levon Helm Band performing at Austin City ...

The Levon Helm Band performing at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009. Photo by Ron Baker. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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