Levon Helm: 1940-2012

Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the Band, died on April 19 in New York of throat cancer at the age of 71.

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's longtime guitarist Larry Campbell  tells Rolling Stone, "All his friends were there, and it seemed like Levon was waiting for them. Ten minutes after they left we sat there and he just faded away. He did it with dignity. It was even two days ago they thought it would happen within hours, but he held on. It seems like he was Levon up to the end, doing it the way he wanted to do it. He loved us, we loved him."

Levon Helm was in the business of making music for over forty years and if the walls of “The Barn” at his Midnight Rambles could talk, what stories they could tell! He based his Ramble Sessions on the southern medicine shows of his youth and has invited some of the most notable entertainers and musicians of our time to perform at The Midnight Rambles.

Helm won three solo Grammys over a 65-year career in which he blended all the music he heard as a youth in Turkey Scratch, Ark.: country, blues, bluegrass, gospel, R&B, pop and rock 'n' roll. He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 with the other members of The Band. And in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named him as one of the "100 greatest singers of all time."

His voice reflected an Arkansas drawl and lifetime of musical influences, from country to blues and soul. He could be haunting or howling, melodic or mournful.

That voice soared to prominence with The Band, providing the lead on such lasting classics as "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down" and "Up on Cripple Creek."

To read more about Levon Helm's amazing musical journey and legacy, visit levonhelm.com.