Levon Helm

Levon Helm, the lead singer and drummer of the group so iconic that they just went by the name “The Band,” has died.  They were first known as Bob Dylan’s backup band, but they went off on their own and virtually invented the genre of Americana.  Their Music from Big Pink was one of my favorite albums back in the day.

Here is a fine tribute from an excellent website (the home of, shall we say, Lutheran Anglicans):  Catch a Cannonball (to Take Me on Down the Line): In Memory of Levon Helm | Mockingbird.

And here is Levon Helms singing a cut from Big Pink from 1969:

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    “I fell under the spell of The Band the moment the needle hit my father’s copy of the brown album when I was a boy. That record still conjures up its own peculiar universe – “the old, strange America” found in its sepia-toned Civil War imagery, gloriously ragged singing, and instrumental backing that sounds more like a single, ten-handed organism than the work of five individuals. It was music made by men, not boys.”

    Ditto!

  • Pete

    “I fell under the spell of The Band the moment the needle hit my father’s copy of the brown album when I was a boy. That record still conjures up its own peculiar universe – “the old, strange America” found in its sepia-toned Civil War imagery, gloriously ragged singing, and instrumental backing that sounds more like a single, ten-handed organism than the work of five individuals. It was music made by men, not boys.”

    Ditto!

  • Steve Billingsley

    “The Last Waltz” is still probably the best rock movie/documentary ever made (thank you, Martin Scorcese).

    Love, love, love The Band. Makes me want to listen to “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.

    Rest in peace, Mr. Helm.

  • Steve Billingsley

    “The Last Waltz” is still probably the best rock movie/documentary ever made (thank you, Martin Scorcese).

    Love, love, love The Band. Makes me want to listen to “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.

    Rest in peace, Mr. Helm.

  • kerner

    I always liked the Band. But I also liked Levon Helm portraying Loretta Lynn’s father in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.

  • kerner

    I always liked the Band. But I also liked Levon Helm portraying Loretta Lynn’s father in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.

  • http://princetonlutherans.com jgernander

    Sad that Levon Helm is no longer with us.

    I have an album called The Legend of Jesse James, in which Levon Helm is the *perfect* voice for Jesse James. (Johnny Cash as Frank James, Emmylou Harris as Jesse’s wife Zee, Charlie Daniels as Cole Younger.) I’ll have to get that out and hope the old stylus still works.

  • http://princetonlutherans.com jgernander

    Sad that Levon Helm is no longer with us.

    I have an album called The Legend of Jesse James, in which Levon Helm is the *perfect* voice for Jesse James. (Johnny Cash as Frank James, Emmylou Harris as Jesse’s wife Zee, Charlie Daniels as Cole Younger.) I’ll have to get that out and hope the old stylus still works.


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