Remembering Rock Legend Levon Helm of The Band

April 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT
Levon Helm was the drummer and a singer for The Band, a rock group known for its blend of blues and folk in songs like "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down" and for its work with Bob Dylan. Helm died Thursday at age 71. Here is an excerpt from one of his group's signature songs, "The Weight."

NewsHour’s Art Beat interviewed Levon Helm in February 2009 at his home in Woodstock.

JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, we remember the American musician Levon Helm, who died today of cancer. He was the drummer and singer for the band named, simply, the Band, known for its blend of rock, blues, and folk for songs like the night “They Drove Old Dixie Down” and for its work with Bob Dylan.

In recent years, Levon Helm held regular concerts at his home in Woodstock, New York, called “Midnight Rambles.” And just two months, already ill, he was still performing.

Here, in an excerpt from a signature song, “The Weight.”