Friday, April 20, 2012

Arkansan Levon Helm Of The Band Dead At 71

Arkansan Levon Helm, drummer, vocalist and co-founder of The Band passed away yesterday, after a long battle with throat cancer, at age seventy-one....

We've lost quite a few artists lately....we hope they're all attending The Big Jam Session In The Sky, wherever they are.

Bud S.


  1. Naturally, it was KAAY that first carried Levon's voice to me when he sang "Up On Cripple Creek" with The Band. Every time I heard him, it made me want biscuits and gravy.

    Godspeed, Levon. You belong to the Skywave now.

    The Last PD

  2. The website of music great Levon Helm, (formerly The Band) posted the following announcement. Levon is one of the music world's greats, and if you ever listened to KAAY you heard his music. Read about Levon, his life, his music at

    and Levon's website, .

    "Dear Friends,

    Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.

    Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration… he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage…

    We appreciate all the love and support and concern.

    From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy"

    << DM

  3. Here's The Weight, Levon singing lead with the Staple Singers


  4. Offhand, I can think of about a dozen (let's use "jerks" here bs) that ought to be dead, but still ain't--and somehow Levon gets taken away. Losing him tore me down as bad as losing Earl Scruggs just a few weeks back.

    They say that he waited 'til all his friends had made it by to see him in his hospital room. Then, ten minutes after the last one left, so did he.

    Yep, that's THE definitive version of The Weight; it don't get more sublime than Levon and Mavis. But try to keep a dry eye when the horns bring in The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

    It was quiet in Arkansas last night. We were hoping we could hear him again.