Earlier this week we lost a legendary figure in the music world, the inimitable Levon Helm. Helm began his career as the drummer for Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, before forming Levon and the Hawks. This group became became Bob Dylan’s backing band and collaborated with Dylan on the legendary Basement Tapes. This group, without Dylan, became known as the Band and released a string of game-changing Americana albums, most notably their self-titled 1969 album. The Band’s career concluded in 1976 with an all-star concert, The Last Waltz, that was captured by Martin Scorsese. Since then, Helm has released a string of excellent solo albums.
Levon Helm with be sorely missed, and his death is an incredible loss for the music world. Goodbye and thanks for all the music.
Levon Helm and the Midnight Ramblers, “Ophelia” (Live, February 2012)