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Levon Helm
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    (May 26, 1940-April 19, 2012)
    Born in Marvell, Arkansas
    Birth name was Mark Lavon Helm
    Drummer and frequent lead vocalist for The Band
    Also plays guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica
    Recorded the solo albums 'Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars' (1977), 'Levon Helm' (1978), 'American Son' (1980), 'Levon Helm' (1982), 'The Ties That Bind' (1999), 'Dirt Farmer' (2007), 'Electric Dirt' (2009) and 'Ramble at the Ryman' (2011)
    Appeared in the films 'Coal Miner's Daughter' (1980), 'The Right Stuff' (1983), 'Smooth Talk' (1985), 'Feeling Minnesota' (1996), 'Fire Down Below' (1997), 'The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada' (2005) and 'In the Electric Mist' (2009)
    Wrote the biography 'This Wheel's on Fire' (1993)
    He grew up in a town called Turkey Scratch.
    He changed his name from Lavon to Levon because it was easier for the other members of the Band to pronounce.
    When the Band became Bob Dylan's backing group, he quit and spent two years working on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
    He wanted to call the Band 'the Crackers.'
    His constant carping about Bandmate Robbie Robertson in his autobiography prompted one reviewer to note, 'It takes more than one ego to keep this kind of feud going.'
    He said his drum stool is 'the best seat in the house' because he can see his fellow musicians and the audience simultaneously.
    He (or least his name) inspired the Elton John hit 'Levon.'
    In the documentary 'The Last Waltz,' he is the only Band member Robertson allows to talk without interrupting.
    His acting debut as Loretta Lynn's father in 'Coal Miner's Daughter' was critically praised.
    His vocal cords were damaged during surgery for throat cancer (1998), but he recovered 80% of his voice over the following decade.
    He hosts a series of 'Midnight Rambles' with all-star guests at his home studio in Woodstock that are open to the public.

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