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Happy Birthday Levon Helm 05/26/04


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On this day in 1942 Levon Helm was born in Marvell, ARK. Levon while still very young traveled up with Ronnie Hawkins in the late fifties to Ontario. Hawkins with Helm drumming would later start the band the Hawks with Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel. This band would leave the Hawk to become Levon Helm & The Hawks before Bob Dylan took "the band" on Dylan's revolutionary tour. The Hawks would later change their name to the Band and would create some of the best rock and roll music ever heard until their farewell show "The Last Waltz".

Levon would reform the Band without Robertson in the mid eighties, but with the tragic deaths of Richard and then Rick the Band is now done for good.

Helm now drums in his band Levon Helm and the Barnburners. He had cancer which damaged his vocals and currently is only drumming.

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