"My sense is that Levon Helm was the greatest white blues drummer of all time. He had an innate ability to create something that not only had great authenticity, but also was strikingly original in the way he played it."
In the 1980s Levon was invited by fellow drummer Ringo Starr to join the ex-Beatle's first All-Starr Band tour.
Levon Helm is survived by his wife Sandy, daughter Amy and two grandchildren. The fondly remember:
"Levon has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage..."
Watch these two videos, filmed in February 2012 as part of the Sound Tracks: Quick Hits series. His voice may be raspy, but his energetic drumming and high-beam smile can warm the coldest winter night:
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