Levon Helms (1940-2012)

Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the Band, died on April 19th in New York of throat cancer. He was 71.

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  1. Poo says:

    Levon Helm came to Canada from Arkansas in the early 60s with Ronnie Hawkins and his band the Hawks. Hawkins, who still resides here, and Helm recruited several local musicians, including Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson. After Hawkins left the band the group renamed itself Levon and the Hawks, later to become the Band. The rest, as they say is mystery.
    Yonge Street Bars were where the local rock and roll action was in the 60s. Not being 21, the required age at the time, I had a phony birth certificate made in order to get in. Years later (70s), I was with Capitol Records and the Band was on the label so I saw them again. All good memories and yet another sad reminder as one more piece of my life passes. Damn clock seems to move awfully fast! Might be a good opportunity to throw away all my time peices and mirrors too.

  2. Poo says:

    Oops. I inadvertently left the ‘s’ off Helms. Apologies. I don’t much like people misspelling my name either.

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