Levon Helm May 26th 1940 – April 19th 2012
So Levon has left the building.
God, Levon you were great. That voice that carried the soil of Arkansas in its soul. That perfect unhurried drumming. That mandolin dancing in your hands.
Ah, The Band. Three superb frontline singers, all gone now – Rick Danko and Richard Manuel and in this extraordinary triad the most memorable vocalist Levon Helm, hunched behind the drum kit and leaning into the mic and singing of an America long gone and maybe never born.
Levon Helm – you had dignity and authenticity and you made me dance.
“I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin’ about half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head…”
You can now, Levon. Thank you sir and Godspeed.
-BPF, Laurel Canyon, April 20th 2012
The Band & The Staple Singers – The Weight from The Last Waltz
The Band – Up On Cripple Creek from The Last Waltz
Bob Dylan & The Band LA 1974 – Robbie Robertson, Bob, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm. Garth Hudson not visible – unless that’s his silhouette
Bob Dylan has posted this message on his website bobdylan.com
“In response to Levon’s passing…
“He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I’m going to miss him, as I’m sure a whole lot of others will too”
Bob & Levon enjoying a spot of ping pong – as one does – in 1974