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Levon Helm Dies at 71 [VIDEO]

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Levon Helm, drummer and singer for The Band, died on today (Thursday) in Manhattan. He was 71 and lived in Woodstock, N.Y.

As a HUGE fan of, The Band, I was deeply saddened to hear this news today.  In tribute, here are some of my favorite clips from, The Last Waltz, a documentary film about The Band by director Martin Scorsese.

Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of the Band’s recordings, such as “The Weight”, “Up on Cripple Creek”, “Ophelia” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. His 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008, and in November of that year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #91 in the list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.  In 2010, Electric Dirt, his 2009 follow-up to Dirt Farmer, won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, an inaugural category in 2010.  In 2011, his live album Ramble at the Ryman was nominated for the Grammy in the same category and won.

 

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