First off, I want to recognize two posts already up regarding Levon Helm's passing:
I was on the road this afternoon when I heard the sad news about Levon. Besides being a fan of his music I also took a special interest in Levon due to his friendship with my brother who has known him for a few decades and has worked with him as the owner of the sound company handling concerts in the past. I checked in with my brother this afternoon after hearing the news and he told me had received a call earlier in the week that Levon was gravely ill.
Unfortunately, cigarettes and chewing tobacco are the culprits in this untimely death of Levon.
What a great talent, an American musical legacy, and now a sad loss for fans around the world.
Here's a link to a relatively comprehensive article in The New York Times about Levon.
My number one favorite song of The Band:
In May of last year The Open Salon Rock Group paid homage to the song with our own version of the song: