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The Band’s Drummer Levon Helm Passes Away

04.19.2012

Levon Helm died today (April 19) in New York of throat cancer. He was 71 years old.

Levon Helm was the much-respected drummer (and the only American-born member) of the legendary Canadian rock group The Band. He was also the lead vocalist on many of the classic Band tracks, including “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “Up on Cripple Creek.”

Helm also acted in several movies including The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Shooter, Smooth Talk, The Right Stuff, The Dollmaker, but it was his staggering performance as Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter that he’ll probably be best remembered for.

R.I.P. Levon.

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