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.

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