Levon Helm (1940-2012)

Atlantic City - The Band When I arrived in Ithaca for college, before classes even began I had a gig producing a column for a local weekly called, "Portrait of An Artist."  It was mostly an excuse to be able to photograph concerts in town, mostly up at Cornell.   I photographed so many amazing muscians - from Joni Mitchell to The Band.   Those pictures are slowly coming back to life.   There is a beautiful one of Levon Helm, the great drummer and vocalist for the The Band that will appear soon.  In the meantime, here is a beautiful vocal of Levon's from the album, Jericho.

Bob Dylan recruited the Hawks (an earlier name for The Band) as his backing band in 1965, but Levon Helm found the highly charged scene oppressive and, after a few shows, left for Arkansas. He later explained, "for the first time I couldn't stick to my policy, which was to whistle while I worked."

In a 1984 interview with Modern Drummer magazine, Mr. Helm described the “right ingredients” for his work in music and film as “life and breath, heart and soul.”

This is one of the best obits I've read from jambands.com

Levon's Web site read today, "Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends, and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and beautiful soul.

Have Scorsese's great film from 1976, "The Last Waltz" playing now.....totally amazing!