Levon Helm

~ Person

Legal name: Mark Lavon Helm


Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American rock 'n' roller, Americana musician, and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for The Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country–accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style, highlighted on many of the Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

Helm also had a successful career as a film actor, appearing as Loretta Lynn's father in Coal Miner's Daughter, as Chuck Yeager's friend and colleague Captain Jack Ridley in The Right Stuff, and as a Tennessee firearms expert in Shooter.

In 1998, Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer, which caused him to lose his singing voice. After treatment, his cancer eventually went into remission, and he gradually regained the use of his voice. 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 No. 91 in its list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2010, Electric Dirt, his 2009 follow-up to Dirt Farmer, won the first Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, a category inaugurated in 2010. In 2011, his live album Ramble at the Ryman won the Grammy in the same category. On April 17, 2012, his wife and daughter announced on Helm's website that he was "in the final stages of his battle with cancer" and thanked fans while requesting prayers. Two days later, Helm died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Levon Helm Levon Helm 2
1980 American Son Levon Helm 2
1989 And The RCO All-Stars Levon Helm 1
1998 Souvenir Vol. 1 Levon Helm & The Crowmatix 1
2007 Dirt Farmer Levon Helm 1
2009 Electric Dirt Levon Helm 4 1
2011 Ramble at the Ryman Levon Helm 1
Levon Helm Levon Helm 1
Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volume 1 Levon Helm 1
Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volume 2 Levon Helm 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Ties That Bind: The Best of... 1975-1996 Levon Helm 1

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