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FILE - In this Nov. 27, 1976 file photo, Levon Helm, of The Band, playes drums at the band's final live performance at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco. Helm, who was in the final stages of his battle with cancer, died Thursday, April 19, 2012 in New York. He was 71. He was a key member of The Band and lent his distinctive Southern voice to classics like "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." (AP Photo/John Storey, file)

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 1976 file photo, Levon Helm, of The Band, playes drums at the band's final live performance at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco. Helm, who was in the final stages of his battle with cancer, died Thursday, April 19, 2012 in New York. He was 71. He was a key member of The Band and lent his distinctive Southern voice to classics like "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." (AP Photo/John Storey, file)

Levon Helm, of The Band, dies at 71

April 19, 2012

With songs like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," ''The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek," The Band fused rock, blues, folk and gospel to create a sound that seemed as authentically American as a Mathew Brady photograph or a Mark Twain short story.