Levon Helm

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nice remembrance from elvis costello: http://www.elviscostello.com/news/ramble-on-levon/303

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

tho i think EC is mistaken when he says allen toussaint and Levon "had not been in each other’s company since the preparations for The Band’s “Rock Of Ages” live album in 1971" -- pretty sure toussaint worked on the Last Waltz too.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

EC's story about Levon being on his "Spectacle" show and interacting w/ him via drum fills was great -- i remember watching that episode and not realizing that they were doing it that way because LH had lost his voice

lathe darkman (some dude), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:42 (five years ago) Permalink

need to see that episode!

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:43 (five years ago) Permalink

i kinda hate to admit this but i've never been super into The Band partly because Levon is the only member who i actually like as a vocalist

Wow, really? I think all three of the guys are great, especially Danko.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:49 (five years ago) Permalink

i find Manuel's voice really hard to take, the other guys are OK but Helm is the only one where i'm actually excited to hear his voice

lathe darkman (some dude), Friday, 20 April 2012 16:07 (five years ago) Permalink

no wait i'm getting them mixed up, is Danko the one that sings "Stage Fright"? that's the song that flashes into my mind as the #1 example of Band vox i do not like

lathe darkman (some dude), Friday, 20 April 2012 16:08 (five years ago) Permalink

danko sings stage fright -- kind of know what you mena, there's something cartoony about the way he delivers that one. but damn, danko has some amazing vocals. unfaithful servant!

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

"Makes No Difference!"

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

subtract ray lamontughhhh from this and it's great.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Nick's voice has gotten scratchy too.

pplains, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

ha yeah. toussaint remains as smooooooth as ever. he is so good.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:40 (five years ago) Permalink

This is free of LaMontaigne residue:

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 20 April 2012 17:14 (five years ago) Permalink

OK, that EC remembrance was pretty well done.

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 April 2012 20:37 (five years ago) Permalink

His drumming on "Revolution Blues" is so killer, perfectly echos the menace in the song.

WTF?! had no idea that was him

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 20 April 2012 20:41 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah he's drumming on "See the sky about to rain" too.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 20:44 (five years ago) Permalink

& then there's this still-unreleased, unbootlegged tune described in Shakey
"Separate Ways" - "the song begins in the middle of a doomy chord; Tim Mulligan lunged for the record button just as Young and the band dove into the song. Levon Helm rattles out a slow counterpoint as Ben Keith spins up a stark, bird-on-the-wire steel solo that has to be one of the lonesomest sounds ever recorded. "I won't apologize/The light shone in from your eyes/It isn't gone/And it will soon come back again," sings Young, sounding dead."

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 20:46 (five years ago) Permalink

ha I forgot that I think. so many things rapturously described in Shakey that I've never heard.

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 20 April 2012 20:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Alright Neil, as a public service, we demand that you make available any and all recordings with Levon Helm. Thanks.

grandavis, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:19 (five years ago) Permalink


tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:20 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm still stuck (from one of the Helm quotes way upthread) on the idea of kickin' it with him, Fagen and Dourif in Woodstock.

aluminum rivets must not be proud of their plastic bosses (Jon Lewis), Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:56 (five years ago) Permalink

has anyone Donald Fagan ever been described before as being a "free lunch"?

pplains, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:44 (five years ago) Permalink

love it when i write two sentences at once.

pplains, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:51 (five years ago) Permalink

haha i was gonna say

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:52 (five years ago) Permalink

i can't get over this right now :(

aboulia banks (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 April 2012 05:59 (five years ago) Permalink

bar I work in town here has been on a near 100 percent Band kick this week. work's been great

bear, bear, bear, Saturday, 21 April 2012 10:40 (five years ago) Permalink

from here:

Left with few options, but looking to avoid service in the Vietnam War, James [Ambrose Johnson, aka Rick James] enlisted in the Naval Reserves, the requirement being that he report for training two weekends a month However, with his growing popularity as musician with the doo-wop singing group The Duprees and, subsequently, the revelry it brought into his life, he missed his reporting dates. Soon, he received a notice in the mail that he was to report for active duty. He went to the bus station, then made the decision to go to Canada, instead.

In Canada, and in uniform, James was saved from a violent altercation by two passersby (Garth Hudson and Levon Helm, who would eventually be members of legendary rock group The Band). The guys took Johnson to a bar, and, in an act of characteristic gusto, Johnson sung vocals with the house band.

(the "violent altercation" was an attack by a gang of racist thugs; Hudson and Helm swiftly dispatched of them)

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 21 April 2012 12:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Up On Super Freak

pplains, Saturday, 21 April 2012 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

(the "violent altercation" was an attack by a gang of racist thugs; Hudson and Helm swiftly dispatched of them)

― Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, April 21, 2012 7:13 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i'm imaging a scene out of a hong kong martial arts film where just as james is cornered by the racist thugs, hudson and helm leap down from the trees and administer sharp and powerful kicks to the thugs in quick succession, then wipe their hands in an "all done" gesture.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 21 April 2012 17:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Full-length '07 interview here, w link to '93 interview, and the right rail links NPR's whole Helm/Band archive (or at least several things, incl performances)http://www.npr.org/2012/04/20/150886425/levon-helm-the-2007-fresh-air-interview

dow, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink


pplains, Sunday, 22 April 2012 03:18 (five years ago) Permalink

whoa, just saw this
download over yonder: http://www.guitars101.com/forums/f90/levon-and-the-hawks-1964-00-00-port-dover-139159.html
didn't know there were any of these full shows circulating!
Contains one of The Hawks' Sunday night shows at Pop Ivy's Ballroom in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada, 1964. They used to play regularly at Pop Ivy's after the split from Ronnie Hawkins, with Jerry Penfound as the sixth member on sax and flute. Taken from a 2-track tape recording that seems to have circulated among die-hard collectors for many years. The tape is described in detail in Levon Helm's autobiography. Several of the songs on the tape are cut.

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink

listening now, this is pretty rad. sound is a little bit iffy, but pretty good all things considered. they do "peter gunn"!

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 22:23 (five years ago) Permalink


flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 26 April 2012 01:10 (five years ago) Permalink

it's pretty great! levon suggesting that the crowd help themselves to the free corn. crazy that in a year they'd be playing stadiums with dylan.

tylerw, Thursday, 26 April 2012 01:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I would take chances on seeing more bands I've never heard of live if more clubs served free corn.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 26 April 2012 06:14 (five years ago) Permalink


l0u1s j0rdan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 26 April 2012 13:52 (five years ago) Permalink

"Corn? I don't remember corn."

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:23 (five years ago) Permalink

sounds like Levon is due to be buried next to Danko in Woodstock.

tylerw, Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:23 (five years ago) Permalink

By the busload, hundreds of friends and fans of Levon Helm traveled to his home Thursday to say goodbye to the influential singer and drummer for The Band, who died of cancer last week.

The public memorial was held at the Woodstock barn where Helm held his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts in New York's Hudson Valley. His closed casket was surrounded by flowers and flanked by his drum kit and a piano.

Friends, neighbors and fans filed silently past the coffin, which was on the second floor of the barn and set against a backdrop of a family photo slideshow. Nearby, family members greeted visitors.

pplains, Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:12 (five years ago) Permalink


Arkansas flags to fly at half-staff for Levon Helm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has ordered that flags fly at half-staff on Friday to honor Arkansas native Levon Helm, who died last week.

Helm, who grew up in Turkey Scratch, attained worldwide fame as a member of The Band. He died last week after battling throat cancer.

The governor issued a proclamation honoring Helm. Beebe called Helm "an enormously talented performer and gifted musician whose Arkansas roots can be heard and felt in his voice and in his music."

Helm is widely known for songs he sang with The Band, including "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek."

A public memorial was held Thursday in Woodstock, N.Y., where Helm lived until his death.

pplains, Thursday, 26 April 2012 17:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd give everything to have come from a place called Turkey Scratch.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

you could move there, give your kids the opportunity you never had

Number None, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink


tylerw, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Small town.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

also for some reason i always find it way more impressive when awesome drummers can sing at the same time than when ppl that play other instruments sing at the same time, though i guess i don't know why i think that's different

― Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:51 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it totally is imo, just because you use so much more of your body and especially upper body playing a drum set than most other instruments, also requires i think a little more breath control or consciousness of moving around or away from the mic.

― some former lust object you've shamefully forgotten (some dude), Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:11 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

also really notable imo is the ease & joy with which he pulls this off, so elastic & graceful

listening to cbc the sunday edition at midnight last sunday in a cottage, michael enright gave a brief eulogy to helm & played "the hold." one of my earliest musical memories is of my father playing that song, & i have so many wonderful moments & memories of hearing it since, i almost burst into tears right there

flopson, Thursday, 26 April 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink


pplains, Friday, 27 April 2012 18:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I think Ai Lien scoped you taking that shot today, pp. She wondered what you were up to.

andrew m., Friday, 27 April 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

She didn't catch me walking on the grass, did she?

Could've been windier.


pplains, Friday, 27 April 2012 20:22 (five years ago) Permalink

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