Levon Helm of The Band Has Died at Age 71

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

American folk and rock hero Levon Helm passed away Thursday afternoon (4/19) after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 71.

A statement at Helm's web site read: "Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. 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."

Best known as the drummer for The Band and the voice that anchored classics like "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," and "Up on Cripple Creek," Helm also found fame with his Midnight Ramble concerts held at his home studio "the Barn," in Woodstock, New York. Artists who have performed at the Rambles include Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Hubert Sumlin, Kris Kristofferson, Phil Lesh, Jorma Kaukonen, Justin Townes Earle, Sean Costello, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, among many others.

For a full obituary, please visit RollingStone.com.


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