Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012)
The Band has been one of the most important to me since before I can remember. The Last Waltz was never far from the record player at my parents house. As a whole and individually, the members brought together an incredible Americana roots and traditional folk style that started my love of country, bluegrass, and coal miner ballads. Levon’s drumming and singing on the likes of “The Weight
“, “Up on Cripple Creek
” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
” are deeply soulful with a country twang. It simply doesn’t get any better than this.
From left, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson of the Band in Woodstock, N.Y.
-courtesy of The NY Times
Bluegrass and country music … if it comes down into that area and if it mixes there with the rhythm and if it dances, then you’ve got a combination of all that music …
What’s it called?
Rock and roll.
‘Out of nine lives, I spent seven
now, how in the world do you get to Heaven
Oh, you don’t know the shape I’m in’
(The Shape I’m In, Levon Helm/The Band)
Any day now. Any day now. I shall be released. RIP Levon. – Corinna