April 19, 2012

Levon Helm (May 26, 1940 -- April 19, 2012): "Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train" [Bumped]

"You boys come a long way.
What you lookin' for?"

"Wisdom."

Now I don't mind choppin' wood,
And I don't care if the money's no good.
Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest.
But they should never have taken the very best.

Email received today from Levon Helm's family - Maggie's Farm

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

You will want to watch the whole clip. Trust me.

Levon_Helm_at_-life_is_Good_Festival-_in_2011.jpg
Levon at the Life Is Good Festival, 2011

Don't want no sorrow
For this old orphan boy.
I don't want no crying
Only tears of joy.
I'm gonna see my mother.
Gonna see my father.
And I'll be bound for glory
In the morning
When I go away

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 19, 2012 4:40 PM
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God grant him rest and peace. Both he and his family.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at April 17, 2012 3:49 PM

May his memory be a blessing.

And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
And he shall be Levon
In tradition with the family plan
And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
He shall be Levon

"Levon"
From: Madman Across The Water
Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin

And yes, it was written for him.

Posted by: Fat Man at April 17, 2012 6:05 PM

Talented Southern boy made good music with The Band.
Would be interesting to peek at the guest-book after the funeral.

Posted by: Rocky at April 17, 2012 6:34 PM

Thanks for sharing that, sir. Very touching.

Posted by: altered states at April 17, 2012 7:44 PM

Something very memorable from my youth is passing away, reminding us that all this is fleeting.

What a wonderful guy, and what great stuff he has left behind. Godspeed, Levon. Thanks for all the great music. "Rock of Ages" is still one of my most favorite albums.

Posted by: David at April 17, 2012 8:10 PM

Something very memorable from my youth is passing away, reminding us that all this is fleeting.

What a wonderful guy, and what great stuff he has left behind. Godspeed, Levon. Thanks for all the great music. "Rock of Ages" is still one of my most favorite albums.

Posted by: David at April 17, 2012 8:10 PM

This news makes me very sad.

I wish Levon and his family all the best.

Posted by: Mike at April 17, 2012 8:16 PM

Yes, Godspeed, Levon.

Posted by: rickl at April 17, 2012 8:38 PM

Wow, amazing video that left me uplifted. Thanks for that.

Posted by: picturerock at April 17, 2012 8:42 PM

Fantastic.

Posted by: monkeyfan at April 17, 2012 11:01 PM

Oh my! I just knew I was looking at the legendary Carols Hathcock, Marine Sniper, in that scene in Tennessee. In that same movie, in the snowy mountain scene, Bob Lee Swagger snipes another sniper targeting him. The round strikes the guy's eye AFTER having passed through his scope. Come's down to who was fastest on the trigger, dudn't it? Carlos Hathcock actually made such a shot in Vietnam.

Levon's character was a favorite in "Shooter".

Posted by: John Hinds at April 18, 2012 5:21 AM

Aw damn...
Damn.
Thanks, Gerard.
And thank you, Levon.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at April 18, 2012 9:40 AM

I recently saw the movie, The Band. A beautiful tribute, Gerard. RIP, Levon.

Posted by: Jewel at April 18, 2012 9:54 AM

PBS has sporadically been running a series called "Soundtracks", and more abbreviated related pieces called "Quick Hits" on the PBS Arts website.

Here's a link the one they did on Helm and the "Midnite Rambles" he has been hosting at his Woodstock barn.

Great show, and a great interview. He will be missed.

http://www.pbs.org/arts/exhibit/quick-hits-levon-helm-theweight/

Posted by: El Polacko at April 18, 2012 10:12 AM

thank you Mr V

Posted by: OhioDude at April 18, 2012 12:24 PM

geez, he's not dead yet.....is he?

Posted by: Chris G at April 18, 2012 1:18 PM

Digestible and poignant. So it goes

Posted by: Frank P at April 19, 2012 9:12 AM

The vigil has ended. R.I.P., Levon.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh at April 19, 2012 12:25 PM

Surviving cancer is easy compared to making a life after. Levon still shows us the way....

Posted by: Tom at April 19, 2012 12:48 PM

I know we are supposed to reflect on the blessing his life was, and no one lives forever.

But, damn, damn, damn, damn, damn. This sucks.

Posted by: ThomasD at April 19, 2012 1:28 PM

Our local rock radio station just got around to noticing this story and said he died today. sigh.

Posted by: WOUR at April 19, 2012 1:36 PM

Alas.

Posted by: Velociman at April 19, 2012 5:06 PM

From bobdylan.com:

He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I'm going to miss him, as I'm sure a whole lot of others will too.
Posted by: rickl at April 19, 2012 7:22 PM