Levon Helm, Drummer and Singer of The Band Dies at Age 71

Friday, April 20, 2012

Levon Helm, legendary drummer for The Band, performing in 1976. Levon Helm, legendary drummer for The Band, performing in 1976. (flickr user David Gans/flickr)

Levon Helm, drummer and singer for the Band, died yesterday from complications of cancer. He was 71. Helm is best remembered as the sole American in the otherwise Canadian group that became Bob Dylan’s backup band and later, simply "The Band." In the past decade, he gained a reputation as a roots-music patriarch, hosting a series of concerts called "Midnight Rambles" in his Woodstock barn. Songwriter, producer, and Grammy Award-winning musician John Leventhal played with Levon in the 1980s. He remembers a charismatic performer who was often like a character in one of his own songs.

Guests:

John Leventhal

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Mythili Rao

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