A message posted Tuesday on rock legend Levon Helm's website announced that he is in the "final stages of his battle with cancer." Fans new and old have turned to The Band's impressive catalog to celebrate the legendary drummer, so we culled some of the group's more popular tunes into the gallery below.
Helm's storied career in music has spanned over six decades, and includes years in The Band, an impressive solo career and a stint in Ronnie Hawkins' band, The Hawks. Take a listen to the songs below and let us know if you have any fond musical memories of The Band and/or Helm.
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From "The Last Waltz"
Life Is A Carnival by The Band
A song by The Band off their album "Stage Fright". EDIT: 9/4/11. Fixed the release year. Thanks, annotations. Thannotations.
from "The Last Waltz"
From Stage Fright
(live 12/28-12/31/71, the Academy of Music, NYC) [performance previously unissued]
From "The Last Waltz"
Music video by The Band Perry performing All Your Life. (C) 2011 Republic Nashville Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
From their 1971's LP "Cahoots", one of the well known Bob's songs. Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble Ancient footprints are everywhere You can almost think that you're seein' double On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs Got to hurry on back to my hotel room Where I've got me a date with Botticelli's niece She promised that she'd be right there with me When I paint my masterpiece Oh, the hours I've spent inside the Coliseum Dodging lions and wastin' time Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see 'em Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb Train wheels runnin' through the back of my memory When I ran on the hilltop following a pack of wild geese Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody When I paint my masterpiece Sailin' round the world in a dirty gondola Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola! I left Rome and landed in Brussels On a plane ride so bumpy that I almost cried Clergymen in uniform and young girls pullin' muscles Everyone was there to greet me when I stepped inside Newspapermen eating candy Had to be held down by big police Someday, everything is gonna be diff'rent When I paint my masterpiece
From the 1978 film 'The Last Waltz' Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train, Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again. In the winter of '65, We were hungry, just barely alive. By May tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember, oh so well, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, when all the bells were ringing, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and all the people were singin'. They went, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Back with my wife in Tennessee, When one day she called to me, Said "Virgil, quick, come and see, there goes the Robert E. Lee!" 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. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, when all the bells were ringing, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and all the people were singin'. They went, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Like my father before me, I will work the land, And like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand. He was just eighteen, proud and brave, But a Yankee laid him in his grave, And I swear by the mud below my feet, You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, when all the bells were ringing, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and all the people were singin'. They went, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
The Band (Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, and Rick Danko) perform The Genetic Method/Chest Fever at Wembley Stadium, London. 9/14/74
The Last Waltz Movie Winterpalais San Francisco The Band