The bluesy, raspy singing legend of The Band has died at 71. Levon Helm fought a valiant fight with throat cancer for many years yet he was able to keep doing what he loved – singing and beating out a heavy rhythm on the drums. Levon initially backed Bob Dylan with a group that subsequently became The Band. In 1976 they broke up and Levon continued to write and sing in his barn, which had been converted to a recording studio in Woodstock, NY. Levon also acted in several movies, but what I personally enjoyed most was the raspy sound of his voice as he aged. Like Johnny Cash, age took a lot, but it could not touch his ability to sing and entertain. Levon’s singing with Angels now. Rest in Peace Levon Helm.