Saturday, April 21, 2012

RIP Levon Helm • 1940 – 2012

Levon Helm

Singer and drummer Levon Helm made musical history as part of The Band. On Thursday, Helm lost his battle with cancer. He was 71. I will remember him from The Last Waltz, which I went to see in the movie theaters with friends while still in high school, and I am so damn glad I did. Here is the performance of The Weight from the movie, with Levon starting the song off.

And this is his amazing performance of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down from the film. The song was recorded by The Band in 1969, written by talented guitarist Robbie Robertson. It was recorded in 1971 by Joan Baez, who had a hit with it. But the amazing vocals of Levon on the track will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Levon Helm. Your legacy will not be forgotten.

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