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Mark Levon Helm or more commonly known as just Levon helm is one of the most famous drummers in the US music industry. Born in Marvell, Arkansas on 26 May 1940, Levon's art wasn't all about drumming. He made his mark acting as well as singing with his heart touching, country style voice.
Levon was a music enthusiast from his early ages. He started playing guitar and drums at the age of 8 and grouped up a band in his high school days called the jungle bush beaters. His first ever influence that made come into Rock and roll music was none other then the king of pop Elvis Presley. At the age of 17 when he moved to Memphis he was offered to join a band called The Hawks. In 1959 Helm and his other band members moved to Toronto and got them selves signed with Roulette Records.
In 1963 the group disband it self and changed the name to Levon and the hawks then to Canadian Squires and finally coming back to their former name The Hawks. Few years later Bob Dylan asked the band to cover music for him which didn't came out to be a sound success amongst fans. Due to this failure, Levon left the band for two years and returned to Arkansas. During his lay-off period the band moved to New York and started working with the name of The Band, and started writing their own songs, which came out to be the recipe of success as they made a lot of demo tapes. These tapes received a lot of fans appraisal and were bootlegged.
!967 was year when Levon returned to the band which was now called The Band. And a year later in 1968 their first ever album came out with the name of Music of the Big Pink. That album finally got them the fans attention that they were looking for.
Helm remained the member of the band up till 1976. As The Band split up in after their farewell performance in 1976 known as the Last Waltz. Levon started working on his solo album called Levon Helm and the RCO all stars and few more solo albums in the years 1980 and 1982.
The Band revived in the year 1983 in the absence of Robertson and later on Manuel committed suicide later in 1986, so The Band was left with Danko, Hudson and Helm. They released Jericho and High on the Hog in the years 1993 and 1996 respectively. And the world finally saw the last of The Band's album with the release 30th anniversary album called Jubilation released in the year 1998.
Apart from the music, Levon also acted up in movies like Coal miners daughter, End of the line, feeling Minnesota and a 2005's release The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, His most recent movie was released in the year 2007 with the name of Shooter. He also published his autobiography in 1993 with the name of This Wheel's on Fire.
Since Levon had a throat cancer, he went through a number of radiation treatments in order to diagnose his cancer. Although his cancerous tumor was removed but that wasn't the only that was removed. Due to the treatment his vocal cords got damaged and that put an end to his singing. However on January 10, 2004 he sang again.
Two years later in 2006 Levon performed again with new band called The Levon Helm Band, featuring his daughter Amy Helm along with other stars like, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt, Brian Mitchell, Erik Lawrence, Steven Bernstein and Sammy Davis.
The Year 2007 saw the release of another one of Levon's solo studio album called Dirt Farmer which also featured his daughter Amy helm and Larry Campbell. The album was nominated and won a Grammy award for the best Traditional Folk Album in 2007.