Saturday, April 21, 2012
Sir Elton Remembers Levon Helm
The singer - who sang about Helm in his song 'Levon' - told Entertainment Weekly, "When I heard The Band's music from Big Pink, their music changed my life.And Levon was a big part of that band. Nigel Olson, my drummer, will tell you that every drummer that heard him was influenced by him. He was the greatest drummer and a wonderful singer and just a part of my life that was magical". Helm, 71, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, friends and band-mates this week. Elton said he had "no idea" that the musician was sick, and added, ".I'm very dismayed and shocked that he died so quickly. But now my son [Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John] has his name".
Levon and The Band became one of the most influential groups of their generation, and influenced a whole host of contemporary artists. Their musicianship was often considered incomparable, with Robbie Robertson providing expert blues guitar, Rick Danko an ingenuous bassist and accomplished singer, and Garth Hudson a unique keyboardist.
- Contact Music