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Levon Helm, key member of The Band, dies at 71

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKOW) -- Levon Helm, a key member of the seminal rock group The Band who lent his distinctively Southern voice to classics like "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," has died at age 71.

Helm's website says he died peacefully Thursday afternoon.

Helm and his band mates were musical artists who mined the roots of American music in the late 1960s as other rockers veered into psychedelia, heavy metal and jams. The group's 1968 debut, "Music From the Big Pink," remains a landmark album of the era.

The Band's last live performance was the "Last Waltz" concert in 1976.

 

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