Levon Helm passed away today after a long battle with cancer. This afternoon and over the next few days we expect plenty of tributes and thoughts about The Band drummer to file in from around the world. We’ll compile word of those tributes within this post and will update it accordingly.
[Photos by Jeremy Gordon]
Obituaries and Remembrances:
- Jambands.com: “The only American member of the quintessential Americana quintet, Helm—who also played mandolin, guitar and other instruments—had managed to beat the odds for nearly two decades since being diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 1990s. “
- Rolling Stone: ”But at one his last shows, in Ann Arbor on March 19th with a 13-piece band, the audience roared when he sang the Band classic ‘Ophelia.’”
- New York Times: “In Mr. Helm’s drumming, muscle, swing, economy and finesse were inseparably merged. His voice held the bluesy, weathered and resilient essence of his Arkansas upbringing in the Mississippi Delta.”
- Billboard: “People ask me about ‘The Last Waltz’ all the time,” Helm writes in a forward of “This Wheel’s on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of The Band.” “Rick Danko dying at fifty-six is what I think about ‘The Last Waltz.’ It was the biggest f–kin’ rip-off that ever happened to The Band — without a doubt.”
- USA Today: “Countering the psychedelic trend that dominated the fractured music scene, they wrote and recorded songs steeped in old-time country, soul, R&B, ’50s rock, gospel, blues and folk ballads — with lyrics that spoke of an older America.”
- Los Angeles Times: “But the one that might crystallize his approach to music throughout his life was “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show,” an ode to the kind of freewheeling gatherings in which the musician, who died of cancer Thursday at 71 in New York, thoroughly reveled.”
- Grateful Web: “Levon Helm was a very special person to many people and the music community at large and his presence will be missed, but his music will live on forever.”
- Washington Post: “Though its music was often called “country rock,” The Band was as much influenced by gospel, rhythm and blues, New Orleans jazz and hillbilly music as by the contemporary Nashville music scene. The band often used the mandolin, tuba or accordion in its arrangements. Mr. Helm said the dual keyboard sound — Manuel’s organ and Hudson’s piano — was inspired by Anglican church music.”
- Bob Dylan: “He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation.”
- SPIN: “As the unmistakable voice carrying songs like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “The Weight,” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” Helm gave the ’60s a signature rasp of ragged desperation and defiance.”
- Time: “And all I can say is: if you were one of the lucky ones who caught a Midnight Ramble, good for you; if you never did, shoot yourself.”
- Real Clear Politics: “We heard all of it in that soulful howl of his lamenting the missing Ophelia and the soul-crushed Confederate soldier, and the temptations and ravages of the road.”
- NPR’s The Record: “Helm got back on his feet financially and physically, and the Ramble became a regular event. People came from around the world to hear the man play in his own home. “
- Village Voice: “As any fan, who considered The Band his family, you so wanted these two friends to shake hands one last time and say ‘I’ll see you down the line pardner.’”
- Garth Hudson: “ I AM TERRIBLY SAD. THANK YOU FOR 50 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP AND MUSIC. MEMORIES THAT LIVE ON WITH US.”
- President Bill Clinton: “ His music, with the Hawks, the Band, and throughout his career, and his standout performance in Coal Miner’s Daughter, touched a cord with me and with many Americans. He never forgot his roots.”
- Widespread Panic Bassist Dave Schools: “ There was a real homespun honesty about the way he sang about the simple things in life and how sometimes they weren’t so simple. These were songs of the common man…sung by a most uncommon man. And that swinging beat…it was just irresistible.”
- Elvis Costello: “ The are few more stirring sounds in all recorded music than the drags and press rolls and that announce in the last chorus of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. No other drummer ever sang with such sadness and longing. Few singers of any kind could manage it.”
- Joe Henry: “In the same way that his great friend and sometimes-boss Bob Dylan connected the dots between Jimmy Reed, Arthur Rimbaud and Muhammad Ali, so Levon drew the second line that had Howlin’ Wolf, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marvin Gaye and Hank Williams all dancing out in front of the same New Orleans funeral parade. “
- Jeff Tweedy: “Levon was the glue, not just in The Band, but in all of what people think of when they think of North American music. He was a great unifier; a great glue. He unified blues and country, rural and city, and even North and South. Luckily he showed us all the way to keep it together and let it swing.”
- Glen Kotche: “Getting the privilege to double drum with him last year at our Solid Sound festival was one of the greatest thrills I could ever imagine. He was a passionate man with an extremely gracious, warm and giving personality.”
- The Jayhawks: “Hell, we even named our band “The Jayhawks” as a nod to their original name “The Hawks,” a fact made clear to him as we stood backstage watching his daughter play at a venue in Woodstock about 10 years ago.”
- Amnesty International: “On behalf of Amnesty International’s millions of members around the world I want to say how grateful we are to Levon Helm for his generous artistic contribution and support that will make a real difference to our life-saving work around the world,”
- Martin Scorsese: “The late Jim Carroll once said that Levon Helm was the only drummer who could make you cry, and he was absolutely right. Levon’s touch was so delicate, so deft, that he gave you more than just a beat – he gave the music a pulse. “
- Nils Lofgren: “Our friendship continued and every time we spoke on the phone–or the too rare occasions when our paths would cross–I felt honored and blessed to count him as a friend.”
- Bernie Taupin: “Oh, I guess I just want to say all these things about the earth and granite of his being, the raw Appalachian timber of his voice and the powerful sway of his backbeat. The throb of his tom-toms the first time I heard “Tears Of Rage” and that wicked, knowing smile recounting tales of Carney barkers and backwater medicine shows.”
- Simone Felice: “Could it have been little more than a month back that I sat on a wooden bench not five feet from his drum-riser as he played and sang Ophelia with the grace of a veteran dancer, the spirit of a country preacher, at once lithe, weather-worn, fiery, weary, imperishable.”
- The Atlantic – Levon Helm Was Perfect: “Levon Helm will be sorely missed, and never forgotten. He cuts an imposing figure in the history of rock and roll and leaves behind a body of work that that we’re blessed to have, a lifetime of perfect tempos, perfect taste, perfect feel.”
- CBS News – Levon Helm’s Miraculous Encore: “In the whole history of rock n’ roll, no one ever had a greater encore than Levon Helm.” [VIDEO]
- Jeff Hanna – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: “The Band showed us a way to combine all of the truly great American musical forms and reshape them into something beautiful and unique.”
- Ringo Starr: “God bless Levon. It was great spending time with you. Peace & love, Ringo”
- Los Lobos: “Our recent experience sharing the stage with Levon at what will be the last Ramble was truly one of the amazing nights of our entire career.”
- Phil Lesh: “Levon may be gone from our daily lives, but his spirit still burns brightly in our hearts. My love and prayers go out to his family, friends, and fans around the world.”
- Peter Stone Brown: “For almost 50 years, Levon Helm brought me something that went beyond mere pleasure.”
- Jane Fonda: “I got to know Levon personally because he played my husband in the ABC movie “The Dollmaker.” He was kind and deep and devoted to music, as a singer and playing not only drums, but harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, you name it.”
- Jon Taplin: “Levon and Garth Hudson made a good living ($150,000 a year) off royalties from The Band’s eight recordings in the 60′s and 70′s up until 2001 when the Big Pirate sites like Limewire and (in 2003) Pirate Bay really got going. And then the record royalties came to a halt. “
- Rich Robinson: “My Love goes out to Levon and his family. Levon and his music is a great gift to this world. He will always be remembered. It was a true honor for me to get to know him over these last few years and share a musical experience.”
- Pitchfork: “He sounds like a man with something to say and– unexpectedly, miraculously– time to say it. Every artist should go out on such a strong note. And perhaps that’s what makes his death so tough to accept: Even at 71, it seemed like he was just getting started.”
- Jim Weider: “I thank all of you for your caring thoughts in this tough time of such a great loss. Levon gave so much to all of us, and changed my life from the day I started playing music with him!!”
- Susan LaSala (Big Pink owner): “We’re all gonna miss you but will always hear you voice and your heart-beat through the land and the whispering of the north-wind in the pines out back.”
- No Depression: “In the Band’s vocal ensemble, his brawny Razorback yawp supplied the group’s bottom, meshing sublimely with Richard Manuel’s tenor reveries and Rick Danko’s baritone parabolas; as a lead singer, he conveyed a rush of emotion – weariness, confusion, rage, priapic delight – with directness and unerring honesty.”
- Listen Up Denver: “As time went on, my father spent more and more time at The Barn, and with Levon. When I got a call that he and my little sister (who babysat Levon’s grandson) would be going on tour with The Levon Helm Band, and they would be making a stop at Red Rocks, I couldn’t really believe my ears. My dad, a retired construction worker, was now living a life I could only dream of, and one he never imagined!”
- Rob Delaney: “I can’t speak for Levon Helm or Robbie Robertson (or Sammy Davis, Jr., in whose Los Angeles home they converted into a studio to record “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,”) but those gentlemen made a work of art that reached out across the decades to me and made me feel love and empathy and kinship with someone who I would’ve thought was different than me in the past, but that I now know isn’t.”
- Chadbyrne Dickens: “Without question, for a lot of music lovers, Levon’s passing represents more than just a man, but a symbol of a past era, one of the last moguls of the old guard, the idealistic time of the Woodstock Music Festival and folk music when it was more significant to the common man.”
- Stephen Davis: Interview w/ Levon’s Co-Author
- Wall Street Journal: Legendary Rock Drummer Remembered
- Elton John: Levon – A Part of My Life That Was Legendary
- Poughkeepsie Journal: Levon Helm Truly An Angel
- Ronnie Hawkins: Video of Interview About Levon
- Megafaun: I Shall Be Released
- David Gans & Sycamore Slough String Band: The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down
- Umphrey’s McGee paid tribute to Helm by covering Up On Cripple Creek [VIDEO] at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Band’s 1969 hit was debuted by UM at one of their first shows in 1998 and was last played with Huey Lewis at the Summer Camp Music Festival in 2011. Brendan Bayliss later told the Tulsa audience, “If anyone is not familiar with The Band, do yourself a favor and go home and download one song. It will change your life.” [via @JeffersonWaful]
- Bon Iver covered Ophelia in their encore at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. [VIDEO]
- Guster covered The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [VIDEO] to finish their set at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York [via Joe Madonna] The next night they performed the cover again [VIDEO] and then brought up a few guests the following evening for another take [VIDEO]
- McLovins: Up On Cripple Creek
- The Band of Heathens: American Son
- Drive-By Truckers and Megafaun: The Weight
- Warren Haynes Band: It Makes No Difference, The Weight, IMND Reprise
- Deer Tick & Friends: I Shall Be Released
- Miranda Lambert covered Up On Cripple Creek during her performance at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, telling the crowd “y’all need to listen to some older music.”
- Bruce Hornsby covered The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down during his set on Friday at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida [VIDEO]
- Sister Sparrow: Up On Cripple Creek
- Greensky Bluegrass covered The Weight at The Showbox in Seattle [via Jambands.com]
- Ryan Montbleau Band covered Ophelia at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, New York [VIDEO From Next Night]
- The Black Keys welcomed John Fogerty to join them in covering The Weight [VIDEO] at Coachella [REHEARSAL VIDEO]
- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Danko/Manuel
- Megafaun: Ain’t No More Cane
- Splintered Sunlight: The Weight
- Simone Felice: Radio Song
- The Felice Brothers: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- Frank Turner: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- Dawes covered The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down at Coachella [via @wsjrock]
- Dopapod: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- Trampled By Turtles: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [2nd Performance]
- The Frames met up with Glen Hansard in Prague for Hansard’s birthday, where they played some of Levon’s songs in celebratory tribute [via @graham_hopkins]
- NEEDTOBREATHE w/ Stephen Kellog: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- Alexis P. Suter Band: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, The Shape I’m In
- Allman Brothers Band w/ Bob Weir, Susan Tedeschi and Tedeschi Trucks Band Horns: The Weight > It Makes No Difference [UPGRADED VIDEO]
- Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes: The Weight, Chest Fever, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,
- The Lumineers covered The Weight on Thursday night at StageOne in Fairfield, Conn. [VIDEO]
- Punch Brothers: The Weight
- Leftover Salmon and Col. Bruce Hampton covered Up On Cripple Creek on Friday night at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse [via @kevintank - AUDIO]
- The Bacon Brothers: Up On Cripple Creek
- Gov’t Mule covered The Shape I’m In on Saturday at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida [AUDIO]
- Hot Day at the Zoo: Ophelia
- Lisa Hannigan covered The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down at The Paradiso in Amsterdam [VIDEO] Lisa reprised the cover a few nights later [VIDEO]
- Tom Petty dedicated The Best of Everything to Levon Helm at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo. [VIDEO]
- Hot Tuna dedicated I Am The Light Of The World to Levon Helm at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida [VIDEO]
- Martin Sexton and Stephen Kellogg: The Weight
- Iron & Wine: Long Black Veil
- Everyone Orchestra featuring Michael Kang and Mark Karan covered The Weight at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, Calif. on Saturday [via Jambands.com]
- Trampled By Turtles: The Weight
- Trigger Hippy: The Weight
- Paul Shaffer and The Late Show Band played The Band covers during each break on Monday night’s The Late Show with David Letterman. Also, Dave and Paul discussed Levon’s passing.
- Ivan Neville, Tony Hall and Johnny Vidacovich: The Weight
- The Infamous Stringdusters: Up On Cripple Creek
Hidden Track Coverage:
- Levon Helm in Final Stages of Cancer Battle
- In Memoriam: Levon Helm – Age 71
- Love For Levon: Hidden Track Founder on Helm
- Love For Levon: Carly Shields on Helm
- Love For Levon: Dan Alford on Helm
- Love For Levon: Chad Anderson on Helm
- Video: Bon Iver Pays Tribute to Levon Helm – Ophelia
- Love For Levon: Jeremy Gordon on Helm
- Love For Levon: Marc Millman on Helm
- Love For Levon: Jimmy Coulas on Helm
- Love For Levon: Andy Kahn on Helm
- Love For Levon: Chad Berndtson on Helm
- Love For Levon: Parker Harrington on Helm
- Love For Levon: David Schultz on Helm
- Love For Levon: Jeffrey Greenblatt on Helm
- Love For Levon: Scott Bernstein on Helm
Stories About Levon:
- How Helm Met Dylan – Just One Phone Call
- Amy Helm Pays Tribute To Her Father
- The Night The Band Played Mountain Stage
- What It Was Like Opening For Levon
- Jon Carroll Recalls Performing With Levon
- What Does The Future Hold For LHS and The Band’s Legacy?
- Levon Acting Gig Turns Into Jam Session
- Levon Helm Quotes – Inspiring Words
- A Classic 1968 Interview With The Band
- Levon and Robbie – The Band of Brothers
- Levon Helm and The Battle Over Free Music
- Wanee Festival Pays Tribute to Levon Helm
Finally, we’ll compile tweets about the passing of Levon Helm below…
Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be… http://t.co/CPtU1jwu
— Levon Helm Studios (@LevonHelmRamble) April 19, 2012
Rest in peace, Levon. <3
— Joe Russo (@Joeyrusso) April 19, 2012
Levon was one of a kind. Heavens rhythm section just got funkier..
— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) April 19, 2012
God bless you, Levon. The world was a better place for having you in it. RIP brother.
— Jackie Greene (@jackie_greene) April 19, 2012
"Don't leave me alone in the twilight, 'cause twilight is the loneliest time of day." #RIPLEVON. Love you.
— georgia kral (@georgiakral) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon Helm
— Warren Haynes (@thewarrenhaynes) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon Helm. A huge inspiration to us. #fb
— Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) April 19, 2012
— Fo❌❌❌iK (@ryanstasik) April 19, 2012
Levon Helm: Beautiful human. Incredible musician. Heart-stopping vocalist. Consummate storyteller. Muse. Rest In Peace.
— Patrick Hallahan (@patrickhallahan) April 19, 2012
rest in peace mr levon. thanks for everything. you will be greatly missed.
— jim james (@jimjames) April 19, 2012
R.I.P Levon Helm. Truly one of the best.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 19, 2012
— benmont tench III (@benchten) April 19, 2012
Incredibly saddened to lose such a talented artist today. Our deepest condolences to Levon's family & friends. – The JamBase Staff
— JamBase (@JamBase) April 19, 2012
— Blues Traveler (@blues_traveler) April 19, 2012
I am sad Levon Helm is dead that guy was great in every way long live Levon Helm's spirit in all the musicians his life has touched
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) April 19, 2012
So sad to hear the news of Levon Helms passing. RIP.
— Galactic (@GalacticFunk) April 19, 2012
RIP levon helm
— BEST COAST (@BestCoast) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon. Earth loses a legend. Heaven gains a rambler.
— W y l l y s (@originalwyllys) April 19, 2012
Fuck. Fuck. Godspeed, Levon.
— guster (@guster) April 19, 2012
Rest in peace Levon: http://t.co/HRvxtlcR
— Grahame Lesh (@grahamelesh) April 19, 2012
R.I.P Levon Helm. What an inspiration, and what a beautiful musical legacy for us to remember him by. Thanks Levon.
— Davy Knowles (@davyknowles) April 19, 2012
Godspeed #LevonHelms I loved your voice and musicality.
— Taylor Hicks (@TaylorHicks) April 19, 2012
"Levon wears his war wound like a crown…"
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) April 19, 2012
R.I.P. Levon Helm. A mighty heart, with a mighty beat and voice to match. You were and will remain a True inspiration. Heavy Heart now.
— AKRON/FAMILY (@akronfamily) April 19, 2012
Rest in peace, Levon. Your music & spirit will remain in our hearts forever. http://t.co/FAnOwguh
— Grace Potter (@gracepotter) April 19, 2012
Levon Helm is gone. I miss him already. Thank you Levon for all you gave us.
— Joan Osborne (@joan_osborne) April 19, 2012
Son of a bitch the splendid Levon Helm has left us. A great loss. Heaven doesnt need more music. We do.
— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) April 19, 2012
"Why do the best things always disappear" LEVON
— The Felice Brothers (@felicebrothers) April 19, 2012
RIP LEVON HELM – a true inspiration http://t.co/KJ7g2qhj
— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) April 19, 2012
— FLAVORTOWN (@Chromeo) April 19, 2012
No way to pay tribute to Levon in 140 characters, so I'll just say that I'm personally very saddened. RIP
— The War on Drugs (@TheWarOnDrugs) April 19, 2012
The music world lost a great today. We all morn the passing of the legendary Levon Helm. Here's a sweet video… http://t.co/fxUqD6Rj
— darkstarorch (@darkstarorch) April 19, 2012
RIP to one of our musical inspirations. Take a load off Levon, you deserve it. http://t.co/4XewjjVs
— Brushfire Records (@brushfire) April 19, 2012
— Chris Baio (@OIAB) April 19, 2012
We just lost an original… Now Jerry has a great rhythm section… Levon was an amazing rhythm master…Rollin… http://t.co/pJ6UyHul
— Mickey Hart (@mickeyhart) April 19, 2012
A Peaceful Man: To our namesake, rest easy old friend.Levon Helm(May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) http://t.co/EEMUq2xV
— theweightonline (@theweightonline) April 19, 2012
— Jamie Shields (@jamieshields70) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon Helm. No one sang or played with more heart.
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) April 19, 2012
aw. Bummer. R.I.P. Levon.
— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon, RIP Guru…
— Gucci Flip Flops (@atrak) April 19, 2012
After Ringo introduced me to #LevonHelm, he said, "Levon's cool, right?" Now Levon will be eternally cool.
— David Wild (@Wildaboutmusic) April 19, 2012
— jim james (@jimjames) April 19, 2012
— moe. (@moeperiod) April 19, 2012
Levon: heard you pulled into Nazareth for good. I hope Jack is there too. Rest in peace.
— Liana Huth (@JustLiana) April 19, 2012
damn. Levon Helm of The Band. Class Act all the way. made me feel like i was inventing the wheel when i was still a minion. RIP.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 19, 2012
Some of our greatest memories w this band and w our families are directly thanks to Levon Helm. You're our hero
— Dawes (@dawestheband) April 19, 2012
Levon Helm. He was THE BEST. Music is gonna miss him. One of the humble gods of rock and roll. Rest in Peace.
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) April 19, 2012
Levon was one of the most inspiring 20th century musicians &, in performance, told the story of what music should be. RIP & so much love.
— Okkervil River (@okkervilriver) April 19, 2012
Levon Helms Was one of the greats in R n R. Been listening to him play & sing my whole life. Sad news indeed. RIP.
— Slash (@Slash) April 19, 2012
How I love Levon Helm…
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) April 19, 2012
The greatest singing drummer that ever lived has fallen silent. RIP Levon Helm of The Band http://t.co/LXlm6Srb
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) April 19, 2012
So grateful for the life of Levon Helm. Photo from Americana conf., Levon to my right. All love to Amy Helm today. pic.twitter.com/s1TaCRBz
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) April 19, 2012
— colin meloy (@colinmeloy) April 19, 2012
I'm glad he isn't hurting, and I am also very sad. Thank you Levon, for everything you left us.
— Sara Watkins (@SaraWatkins) April 19, 2012
In honor of Levon Helm pic.twitter.com/qtqGwuoh
— The National (@The_National) April 19, 2012
Of course The Band was a huge influence on Phish and many other bands. But Levon’s own musical career is just so inspiring…. from wanting to leave the Bob Dylan scene in the 60s despite all the success around it in order to follow his own musical tastes to the incredible Midnight Rambles of recent years. I was lucky enough to go to four of the Rambles and play at one, and these were life changing experiences. Jon Fishman called home from the parking lot after the first one I went to, saying it was a top musical experience of his life.
I’ve always thought music can exist so perfectly when churning in the confines of a barn, and this took it to an extreme where American culture was simply bubbling over with authenticity, passion, and a connection to the backwoods and the hills. It’s a testament that ten or fifteen incredible (and notable) musicians came through each time to make up and enhance this house band (not to mention the incredible opening bands). In the middle of the barn, with his deep seventy year old smile, Levon’s uniquely spare yet fierce drumming propelled a repertoire through these enchanted nights. Folk, bluegrass, and country blended effortlessly with blues, soul, and funk, creating a melting pot of sounds unique to our country. And despite battles with throat cancer, Levon would grab the mic and sing so powerfully that it shook the beams of his old barn-home to the core.
To do a few cool things when someone’s young is one thing, but then to grow older and cultivate such a heartfelt and moving musical situation is very inspiring. It’s no wonder so many artists are influenced by his sound, his sensibility, and his projects with their own pursuits. This is a huge loss, and I’m sorry for anyone who couldn’t experience that magic first hand, and I’m thankful that our country and our musical community was lucky enough to be graced by such a soul – Mike Gordon
"Levon Helm was one of the most influential musicians our time… His impact on me cannot be overstated." -Glenn Kotche http://t.co/41WX6IBx
— WILCO (@Wilco) April 20, 2012
Levon Helm helped define the sound of the 60s as a member of The Band, The Hawks, and as a solo artist, and (cont) http://t.co/dc4tNxLO
— The Doors (@TheDoors) April 19, 2012
Hey Levon Helm, thanks man for carrying The Weight of that backbeat (and great vocals) for decades. Inspired so many
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) April 18, 2012
It's sad to hear of Levon Helm's passing. He leaves behind a great legacy of music. R.I.P.
— Paul Shaffer (@paulshaffer) April 19, 2012
R.I.P. Levon helm. I got to see him at the ramble when I lived on the easy coast. Real music
— Lisa Loeb (@LisaLoeb) April 19, 2012
Levon was the man. Thanks for the music.
— The Sheepdogs (@TheSheepdogs) April 19, 2012
Railroad Earth wouldn't be what it is without the influence of The Band. Thank you Levon Helm and RIP.
— Railroad Earth (@RailroadEarth) April 19, 2012
God bless you, Levon Helm. All we can do is keep spreading the joy every time we take the stage…just like you did.
— Jeffrey Austin (@Jeffreyaustin10) April 19, 2012
"Levon was the glue, not just in The Band, but in all of what people think of when they think of North American music." – Jeff Tweedy
— Wilco News (@WilcoNews) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon Helm – my brother. Thank you for the love, the music and all our memories. http://t.co/kE5L4vTC
— Joe Walsh (@JoeWalsh) April 19, 2012
I love Levon Helm and will miss him so much. I will always cherish the amazing musical moments that I shared with him through the years.
— Bruce Hornsby (@brucehornsby) April 20, 2012
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) April 20, 2012
The last time I saw Levon play he was the happiest person on stage with a smile as pure as a child! Thank you Levon Helm, I will miss you.
— Carl Broemel (@carlbroemel) April 20, 2012
Rest in peace Levon Helm…
— Nigel Hall (@nigelhall76) April 20, 2012
Mercury Rev, a band with local roots, shared this about working with Levon on their great Deserters Songs record:… http://t.co/qJAsaK3T
— Radio Woodstock (@RadioWoodstock) April 20, 2012
Rick, Richard and Levon are for sure having the best reunion jam right now
— Dawes (@dawestheband) April 20, 2012
Somebody please make a hologram Levon.
— Ryan Montbleau (@RyanMontbleau) April 20, 2012
Ringo Starr writes, "God bless Levon. It was great spending time with you. Peace & love, Ringo"
— Jim Fusilli (@wsjrock) April 20, 2012
Rest in peace Levon. http://t.co/YSAUPAlr
— Van Morrison (@vanmorrison) April 19, 2012
A picture of Levon Helm at the end of the show. Our sound man Jay Wright took this picture as we were watching… http://t.co/XVuD7obq
— John Hiatt (@johnhiattmusic) April 19, 2012
Now that Levon's gone, I have no idea who the coolest sumbitch on Earth is.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 19, 2012
Levon Helm will Always hold a special place in my heart. He was as great of an actor as a musician .. For me… http://t.co/oXQXJoQv
— Loretta Lynn (@The_LorettaLynn) April 19, 2012
Mogwai salute the brilliance of Levon Helm.
— MOGWAI (@mogwaiband) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon Helm. Your music changed our lives forever. You will be missed.
— Maps & Atlases (@mapsnatlases) April 19, 2012
Rest in peace Levon Helm. Take a load off brother. Respect, Lenny
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) April 20, 2012
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend and musical brother, Levon Helm. Thoughts & prayers go to the Helm family.
— Terrapin Crossroads (@TerrapinXroads) April 20, 2012
I'm so very sad to say goodbye to one of the greatest, funkiest drummers and singers ever. And a beautiful human being as well….
— Bonnie Raitt (@TheBonnieRaitt) April 20, 2012
— Bonnie Raitt (@TheBonnieRaitt) April 20, 2012
— Coachella (@coachella) April 21, 2012
John Fogerty (?!) joins the Black Keys for a cover of the Band's "The Weight" in tribute to Levon Helm.
— Jonathan Cohen (@brainofjoacohen) April 21, 2012
— Hot Chip (@Hot_Chip) April 21, 2012
I was in Europe when I heard the sad news of Levon Helm's passing. The loss of an Americana legend somehow felt (cont) http://t.co/4dV9vETJ
— John Oates (@JohnOates) April 21, 2012
R.I.P. the wonderful Levon Helm. Listen to The Band "I Shall Be Released". http://t.co/CMidIGBS CM
— Coldplay (@coldplay) April 20, 2012
Just heard levon helm died. What a tragedy. I met him once with my mom and was star struck even at 8 years old #RIP to a legend.
— kesha (@KeshaRose) April 20, 2012
Sad to hear of the passing of Levon Helm. Truly amazing artist. "The Weight" will always be one of my favourite songs. #TheBand
— Pickleshoes Macduff (@JoshRamsay) April 20, 2012
Goodbye, Levon. You will always be loved & appreciated. http://t.co/QWHtaR7r
— Alabama Shakes (@Alabama_Shakes) April 20, 2012
RIP Levon, You Will Be Missed. Thank You For Sharing Your Gift……..
— Daniel Lanois (@daniellanois) April 20, 2012
here's levon singing/drumming on one of the greatest live-captured clips i have ever seen http://t.co/pEhkVEhv
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) April 20, 2012
"The way to do it is to put as much life into the song as I can. You can either get it to breathe or you can't." Levon Helm (1940-2012)
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) April 20, 2012
RIP Levon Helm. There will be a very noticeable void in Woodstock without him there. One of the 20th century's great musical legends.
— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) April 20, 2012
A little over a year ago, Levon Helm invited me to open two shows for him in Toronto. Well aware of my Louisiana… http://t.co/dgkjk1WT
— Lucinda Williams (@HappyWoman9) April 20, 2012
That says The Band. RIP Levon. You've brought me a lot of joy and inspiration http://t.co/iNOWuHjf
— Ryan Ross (@thisisryanross) April 19, 2012
Will never forget singing w/Levon. Won't soon forget his kiss on my cheek & warm invite to come to Woodstock for The Ramble. If only… #fb
— Joy Williams (@joywilliams) April 19, 2012
Wow, Levon helm, let in on the big secret. Thanks to him for letting us in on the beauty of his earthling journey mystery. RIP. LOVEALWAYS
— Flea (@flea333) April 19, 2012
— John Cusack (@johncusack) April 19, 2012
RIP Levon Helm. 71 yrs old. Way too young.
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) April 19, 2012
Levon's body can die, but as long as we keep the results of his beautiful relationship with music ringing in each other's ears, he can't.
— Chris Thile (@christhile) April 19, 2012
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