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Levon Helm in Final Stages of Throat Cancer
Levon Helm Website ^

Posted on 04/17/2012 5:06:09 PM PDT by Terry Mross

Dear Friends, Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.

Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...

We appreciate all the love and support and concern. From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy

(Excerpt) Read more at levonhelm.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: levon; levonhelm; music; theband
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Haven't posted in a long time and may not have done this right. Did a search and didn't see it posted.
1 posted on 04/17/2012 5:06:30 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross

Sad news, that. Far better musician than a great many of his contemporaries, including some that wrote songs about him . . .


2 posted on 04/17/2012 5:08:39 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Terry Mross

The Band ping


3 posted on 04/17/2012 5:08:43 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Terry Mross

Back in the early 70s I played at a little American Legion Club in Marvell, Arkansas. We were told Levon played there as a young man. I always felt it was an honor to have stood on the same stage.

I also worked at KFFA in Helena. Levon said as a kid he used to listen to the King Biscuit Radio Show every day and was heavily influenced by the blues players from that area.

I loved this man’s music and I pray for him and his family.


4 posted on 04/17/2012 5:10:07 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
5 posted on 04/17/2012 5:12:29 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VShpcqd3zE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P202C3mm8g


6 posted on 04/17/2012 5:13:38 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: dirtboy

The Last Waltz was the best thing Scorcese ever did.


7 posted on 04/17/2012 5:15:34 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Olog-hai
Acadian Driftwood

Levon Helm is one of three lead singers.

If you don't know the history behind this song, search it. It could come to us all.

8 posted on 04/17/2012 5:17:36 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Terry Mross
last time i saw him was 1973 here at the Glen for the Summer Jam... Prayers up
9 posted on 04/17/2012 5:18:23 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Terry Mross

Prayers up. A great talent, heading home.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 5:19:24 PM PDT by free me (heartless)
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To: Terry Mross

I worked with a disc Jockey who grew up in Helena, Arkansas and worked there all his life. He told me that Ronnie Hawkins and Conway Twitty used to play at “battle of the bands” gigs. Said Hawkins one everytime and Harold Jenkins and the Ridgerunners (Conway) had to pack up and go home. Hawkins moved to Canada and later brought Levon up with him.


11 posted on 04/17/2012 5:20:53 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross
I have never been able to understand why musicians in a successful band often can't deal with that success. I've known some local bands here in Philly with a real chance to break out and they self-destructed before that happened.

As much as I like the various member's solo work, it still has a hard time comparing to the raw spirit of The Band.

12 posted on 04/17/2012 5:23:41 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: free me

Brings tears to my eyes.


13 posted on 04/17/2012 5:24:17 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: dirtboy

One of my favorites. Prayers for Levon.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 5:26:01 PM PDT by JMS
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To: Terry Mross

I was lucky enough to see Levon at Floyd Fest 2 summers ago what a great experience. He was great. When I heard the news today I listened to Dirt Farmer all the way home. It was amazing he was able to make this album after having throat cancer.


15 posted on 04/17/2012 5:26:35 PM PDT by virginia lurker
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To: Terry Mross
waah! i just found some of his solo work ... this is from his Electric Dirt cd ... play it LOUD

When I Go Away

16 posted on 04/17/2012 5:29:24 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: dirtboy

It’s very hard to get a group of musicians together who can get along. I put a band together once. Man, we were tight! None of us liked each other was the problem.


17 posted on 04/17/2012 5:30:22 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: JMS
If you're talking Levon Helm, ya gotta toss in this one:

Up On Cripple Creek

18 posted on 04/17/2012 5:30:51 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Terry Mross
Man, we were tight! None of us liked each other was the problem.

It's kind of an odd aside, but a roadie for a Grateful Dead cover band once told me that he knew it would be a good show when they came in pi**ed off at each other. "Call me a crappy bass player? Take THIS!"

I always tried to help my band buddies but it takes something intangible to break out. Talent alone isn't enough.

19 posted on 04/17/2012 5:34:55 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Terry Mross
I remember helping a couple I know move years ago.

Her fiance was driving the pickup, she was in the middle, and I was in the passenger seat. And Up On Cripple Creek came over the radio, and both of us guys started belting out the chorus like a couple of wounded screech owls.

She never knew what hit her.

20 posted on 04/17/2012 5:38:19 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: InvisibleChurch

The man is a believer! Came from the dirt farms of the Arkansas Delta. Born in Marvell, Arkansas and grew up in Turkey Scratch on a cotton farm.


21 posted on 04/17/2012 5:40:40 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysj0TZ6sB1s&feature=related


22 posted on 04/17/2012 5:44:24 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross
Music from Big Pink is still one of my favorite albums of all time. The intro to Chest Fever still gives me chills. Saw them last in '93 in a small theater in DC. Was sorry to see Danko pass and will feel the same about Helm.
23 posted on 04/17/2012 5:45:57 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Terry Mross
A truly beautiful rendition of Evangaline
24 posted on 04/17/2012 5:46:45 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Terry Mross
Sad news.......It's funny but back in those days it was just music I listened to and never gave any thought to it. Most of it I disliked

Now that I've gotten old, I actually listen to those bands and have come to appreciate them.......

25 posted on 04/17/2012 5:56:40 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Would I like to be young again? No, I worked too hard to get here, I don't want to do it again)
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To: Terry Mross
Everything being said about him is true.

And I'll add some more...He was a darn good actor also.

RIP Levon and thank you very much for what you did here.
26 posted on 04/17/2012 6:13:58 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Terry Mross

Lol!


27 posted on 04/17/2012 6:21:22 PM PDT by free me (heartless)
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To: Terry Mross

I so hate to hear this. The Band was beyond brilliant. There won’t be another. I hope your journey is peaceful...........


28 posted on 04/17/2012 6:27:34 PM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Terry Mross
I saw the “The Band” reassembled back in the 1990’s when Rick was still alive, but Richard was gone and Robbie was out. Levon was incredible!
29 posted on 04/17/2012 6:28:46 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Terry Mross

Saw him perform in Winnipeg 2010. Had the crowd jumping.


30 posted on 04/17/2012 6:30:14 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Terry Mross

Prayers up for Mr. Helm.


31 posted on 04/17/2012 6:34:46 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: dirtboy

One of the most beautiful rock songs ever written IMO.


32 posted on 04/17/2012 6:35:40 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

perfect. I just posted this to my Facebook page.


33 posted on 04/17/2012 6:37:27 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Terry Mross; a fool in paradise

His recent albums have been superb!


34 posted on 04/17/2012 6:39:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Terry Mross

Thanks for the thread!!

My favorite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RjqcTsxx-8

The Last Waltz = “Ophelia”


35 posted on 04/17/2012 6:42:38 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Terry Mross
href http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBuJB218UvU

Packed up and gone

36 posted on 04/17/2012 6:43:51 PM PDT by irgbar-man (had to sell my good tagline for food)
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To: Lurker

Most beautiful and poignant and relevant, IMO.


37 posted on 04/17/2012 6:58:35 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

Acadian Driftwood brings a tear to my eyes every single time I hear it. Time to pull out my Last Waltz DVD and give it a listen.

God Speed Mr. Helm.


38 posted on 04/17/2012 7:06:10 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Terry Mross

Levon was a pretty fair actor, too. Did a great job in “The Right Stuff” as Jack Ridley, the Air Force officer who helped Chuck Yeager rig a broom handle to close the cockpit door of his Bell X-1, allowing him to break the sound barrier, despite broke ribs.


39 posted on 04/17/2012 7:06:34 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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"The Last Waltz was the best thing Scorcese ever did."

For sure. Saw a re-run of "The Right Stuff" on Turner Classic Movies a couple of weeks ago and I kept thinking the guy who played Chuck Yeager's buddy looked so familiar. When the credits rolled, danged if it wasn't Levon, all cleaned up and wearing the rank of a colonel!

As for "The Last Waltz" here's a copy & paste to my personal favorite...The Weight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-w9OclUnns&feature=fvsr

Thanks for great music, Levon, and prayers for you and your family are going up....

40 posted on 04/17/2012 7:14:29 PM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: Terry Mross

I agree. I love the tempo and the unpretentiousness of all the musicians and singers, unlike the way music videos are made since MTV signed on. And no politics.


41 posted on 04/17/2012 7:16:37 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Terry Mross

BFL
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42 posted on 04/17/2012 7:21:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Terry Mross
Godspeed Levon

sigh

The Band - The Last Waltz   (finale)

43 posted on 04/17/2012 7:23:23 PM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: dirtboy

Heartbreaking good.


44 posted on 04/17/2012 7:52:05 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: dirtboy

Heartbreaking good.


45 posted on 04/17/2012 7:52:30 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Terry Mross

Very sorry to hear this. I thought Levon had beat the throat cancer back around 2000 or so.

Levon started from humble beginnings (in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas) and went on to join one of the best groups that ever played acoustic/rock music. And he did it on his terms.

I highly recommend his book, “This Wheel’s On Fire”. Both his story, and the story of The Band.

Most folks who watch “The Last Waltz” don’t realize that much of the sound track was re-recorded in the studio, after the concert. Levon refused to re-dub afterwards — his singing and playing as heard in the movie is “as it was”.

Godspeed Levon.
And play on!


46 posted on 04/17/2012 7:53:01 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Terry Mross

I was looking through some of my old albums a couple of weeks ago and noticed that Levon played on Martin Mull’s first album (self-titled), circa 1972. It’s a terrific album, good music. Forty years ago I bought that album. Gulp...


47 posted on 04/17/2012 8:03:32 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Terry Mross

I saw The Band on one of their after retirement tours in the early 1980’s in Fayetteville, AR.

Awesome.


48 posted on 04/17/2012 8:11:01 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless.)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

Levon also played Loretta Lynn’s daddy in COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER.


49 posted on 04/17/2012 9:31:16 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Tainan

Indeed, an excellent actor. Gave a very compelling and believable performance in Coal Miner’s Daughter.


50 posted on 04/17/2012 10:01:26 PM PDT by expat1000
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