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Also Known As: Mark Lavon Helm Died: April 19, 2012
Born: May 26, 1942 Cause of Death: Throat Cancer
Birth Place: Marvell, Arkansas, USA Profession: actor, singer, musician

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A much-loved figure in American music, Levon Helm was a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose Arkansas upbringing lent a genuine country feel to his work with The Band, which included the seminal songs "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek." He began playing music in his teens, eventually joining rockabilly veteran Ronnie Hawkins in the Hawks, who enjoyed a pair of modest hits in the early 1960s. Helm and his fellow Hawks Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson eventually formed their own group, which became The Band, Bob Dylan's one-time backing band during his conversion to rock-n-roll in the mid-1960s. The Band eventually established themselves as a formidable music entity apart from Dylan through a series of acclaimed albums that merged country, rock, blues and folk and laid the groundwork for what would eventually become known as Americana. When The Band split in 1976, Helm released solo efforts while enjoying a successful second career as an actor in "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), among other films. In 1996, he was struck with throat cancer, which robbed him of his voice; he began organizing informal shows at his home in Woodstock that attracted major musicians to serve...

A much-loved figure in American music, Levon Helm was a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose Arkansas upbringing lent a genuine country feel to his work with The Band, which included the seminal songs "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek." He began playing music in his teens, eventually joining rockabilly veteran Ronnie Hawkins in the Hawks, who enjoyed a pair of modest hits in the early 1960s. Helm and his fellow Hawks Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson eventually formed their own group, which became The Band, Bob Dylan's one-time backing band during his conversion to rock-n-roll in the mid-1960s. The Band eventually established themselves as a formidable music entity apart from Dylan through a series of acclaimed albums that merged country, rock, blues and folk and laid the groundwork for what would eventually become known as Americana. When The Band split in 1976, Helm released solo efforts while enjoying a successful second career as an actor in "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), among other films. In 1996, he was struck with throat cancer, which robbed him of his voice; he began organizing informal shows at his home in Woodstock that attracted major musicians to serve as his sidemen. The return of his distinctive voice preceded three Grammy-winning solo albums, but by 2012, the cancer had returned, eventually claiming his life in April of that year. His death robbed American music of one of its most enthusiastic and indomitable talents.

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 Shooter (2007)
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 Fire Down Below (1997) Reverend Goodall
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 Feeling Minnesota (1996) Bible Salesman
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 Staying Together (1989) Denny Stockton
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Raised in Marvell, AR
1958:
Performed with rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins' band The Hawks
1963:
With Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, left Hawkins' Hawks and formed own group variously billed as Levon and the Hawks and The Canadian Squires
1964:
Performed and recorded with singer John Hammond Jr.
1965:
Levon and the Hawks hired by Bob Dylan to perform in his electrified band and help change his sound
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Briefly left band after reported disagreement with Dylan; spent hiatus working on off-shore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico
1967:
Rejoined Dylan's band; recorded several demos and practice sessions, which were compiled and released as <i>The Basement Tapes</i> (1975)
1968:
Formed roots rock group The Band; released debut album <i>Music from Big Pink</i>
1969:
The Band released self-titled sophomore album; included signature songs such as "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
1976:
The Band played final concert at Winterland in San Francisco, CA; concert filmed by Martin Scorsese for documentary "The Last Waltz"
1977:
Released solo debut album <i>Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars</i>
1978:
Made onscreen feature debut in Martin Scorsese's documentary "The Last Waltz"
1980:
Feature acting debut, playing Loretta Lynn's father in "Coal Miner's Daughter"; also credited as song performer; first screen collaboration with Tommy Lee Jones
1982:
Made episodic TV debut on "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (CBS)
1984:
TV-movie debut, "The Dollmaker" (ABC)
1987:
Narrated the Cinemax documentary "Elvis '56"
1990:
Made guest appearance on NBC drama series "Midnight Caller"
1993:
Released autobiography <i>This Wheel's on Fire ¿ Levon Helm and the Story of The Band</i>
1994:
The Band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Helm did not attend
1996:
Played a Bible salesman in "Feeling Minnesota"
1998:
The Band released tenth and final studio album <i>Jubilation</i> in celebration of its 30th anniversary
2005:
Cast as a destitute blind man in crime drama "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," directed by Tommy Lee Jones
2007:
Landed minor role in "Shooter" opposite Mark Wahlberg
2008:
The Band honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award
2011:
Released live album <i>Ramble at the Ryman</i>, recorded during a 2008 performance in Nashville
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companion:
Libby Titus. Mother of Amy.

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daughter:
Amy Helm. Mother, Libby Titus.

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