Levon Helm

4:46am

Fri April 20, 2012
Remembrances

The Band's Levon Helm Dies Of Cancer At 71

Drummer and singer Levon Helm was a founding member of The Band. Helm and his group played as a backup band for Bob Dylan in the 1960s. Later the band became famous enough to simply be called The Band.

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1:30pm

Thu April 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Levon Helm, Legendary Drummer-Singer Of The Band, Dies

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 6:30 am

Levon Helm and the Levon Helm band perform during the Heros of Woodstock concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y. in 2009.
Craig Ruttle AP

After a long battle with cancer, Leon Helm died today. He was 71.

"Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon," a statement posted on his website read. "He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul."

Helm was the legendary drummer and singer of '60s rock act, The Band. Earlier this week, Helm's family announced that he was in the final stages of cancer.

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1:29pm

Thu April 19, 2012
The Record

Levon Helm, Drummer And Singer In The Band, Dies

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 6:33 am

4:56pm

Tue April 17, 2012
The Two-Way

The Band Drummer Levon Helm In Final Stages Of Cancer

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 6:18 am

In this Dec. 3, 2007, photo, musician Levon Helm appears on Imus in the Morning in New York. The 71-year-old musician's family said Tuesday that he was in the final stages of cancer.
Richard Drew AP

Sad news for fans of drummer Levon Helm: The longtime member of The Band is in the final stages of cancer, his family said Tuesday.

"Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey," his wife and daughter wrote on the 71-year-old singer's website.

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9:49am

Tue July 7, 2009
World Cafe

World Cafe Remembers Levon Helm

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 2:12 pm

Levon Helm.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Levon Helm in Studio on World Cafe 1/18/08

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

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