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Levon Helm

Dead at 71

4/19/2012 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Levon Helm has died after a long battle with throat cancer.
The Band
singer/drummer Levon Helm -- famous for hits like "The Weight" ("Take a load off Annie" ...) -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer.

Helm -- diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 90s -- passed away this afternoon in NYC, surrounded by his friends and bandmates.



Helm formed what would eventually become The Band with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson in 1964.

The group went by various names -- but didn't become the "The Band" until after they toured with Bob Dylan in 1965 and 1966 ... a reference to their back-up band history with various frontmen.

Helm has won 3 Grammys for his solo work in the last 4 years. In 2008, The Band received the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Helm is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 71.

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mocha2009    

Who??

732 days ago
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Kabala    

That's him on the drums/singing? He looks 150 now. :-))

732 days ago
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Regina    

I remember this song but didn't realize that Levon sang it. I remember him as the dad in the movie Coal Miner's Daughter. He was really good. Sorry that he passed. RIP Levon. Condolences to your family and fans.

732 days ago
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PatTheCat215    

It's Fanny.

732 days ago
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Rhubino    

A little trivia from Wikipedia: Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics for "Levon", was inspired by The Band's co-founder, drummer, and singer Levon Helm to name the title character after him. The Band was apparently Elton John's and Bernie Taupin's favourite group in those days.

732 days ago
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Natalie    

The Last Waltz and bourbon is only appropriate for this evening. Peace be with Levon's family. Sad news.

732 days ago
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jeff    

One of the best drummers ever. I listened to his music at work and didn't realize how many of the songs were from the same group. THE BAND! There's a do***entary that VH1 classic will probably start showing again. You need to see how awesome this dude was. He was also a member of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp because he's that cool. He gave back to his fans. The first Fantasy Camp was the hardest I've ever partied in my life. Good times, but brutal on the body after 5 days!

732 days ago
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mpeterse    

Glad he and Robbie made peace this past weekend. But TMZ the only clip you could find was of him singing only a portion of the song???seriously???

732 days ago
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MJ    

RIP Levon...I can't believe the memories from The Band (and the fact I can still remember them). Take a load off Levon, take a load for free, take a load of Levon...and you put the load load right on me...great musician...thanks for the memories.

732 days ago
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patty    

here's the band http://www.youtube.com/artist/The_Band

732 days ago
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yasmeen    

omg....things happen in three's...who's next?!? #yikes

732 days ago
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alex    

He also played Loretta's (Sissy Spacek) dad in Coal Miner's Daughter

732 days ago
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CLINT    

The Band was such a down to Earth band who never gave a Fu@k what anyone thought of them. They just wanted to play and create music and did so with many of the great musicians of the sixties and seventies. Smooth on the skins, and a great southern singing voice, Levon Helm lived life with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other, that is when they didn't have drumsticks in them. Too bad we all have to die, but 71 is a decent age. I know the booze and smokes didn't help, but he lived his life the way he wanted. Good for him. RIP, Levon.

732 days ago
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kajne    

Thank you for honoring one of the finest individuals of all time! Thay just don't make 'em like Levon Helm anymore...God's choir just received the most amazing of upgrades!

732 days ago
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patty    

it's "take a load of annie"

732 days ago
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