Levon Helm, the drummer and gritty-voiced singer with The Band, a revered rock group that recorded and collaborated with Bob Dylan and was one of the most influential music acts of the 1960s and ’70s, died April 19 at a hospital in New York City. He was 71.
During The Band’s heyday — from 1968 to 1976 — Mr. Helm sang many of its most enduring songs, including “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “The Weight” and “Up on Cripple Creek.”
Director Martin Scorsese’s documentary, “The Last Waltz,” filmed in 1976 and released in 1978, chronicled the final concert appearance by The Band’s original members: guitarist Robbie Robertson, pianist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko and organist Richard Manuel.