Legendary drummer from the Band, Levon Helm, died today after a lengthy battle with cancer. Over the past few days there has been an overwhelming outpouring of love and respect for the man via social networks. As we reported yesterday, these well wishes were being read to Helm while in hospital.
Helm had a long and prosperous career as a drummer and you can read about it in our life and times recap. Below are images of him at different points in his life:
The Band during their farewell concert The Last Waltz at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1976. This concert was captured for a film of the same name by Martin Scorsese. (John Storey, file/AP Photo)
Levon Helm performs at one of his legendary Midnight Ramble Sessions on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2006, in Woodstock, N.Y. The Midnight Ramble Sessions were monthly concerts held at Helm’s home in a place called “The Barn.” (Jim McKnight/AP Photo)
Helm performs at the Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008. This is the festival where Bob Dylan went electric but, contrary to popular belief, it was not with Helm and the Band but with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. (Joe Giblin/AP Photo)
Levon Helm holds his 20-month-old grandson Lee Collins, who took his turn on the drums when Helm’s band performed on the Imus in the Morning program on the Fox Business channel in New York on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. (Richard Drew/AP Photo)
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dr. John and Helm backstage at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 25, 2010, in New Orleans, La. Dr. John was one of the many famous musicians who performed with Helm and the Band during The Last Waltz. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)