Personally, I always marveled at his talent as passionate singer as well as innovative drummer. How did he manage both? He did and that's enough said.
A beautiful genius, is what he was, and he never gave up. Here is the best Obit I could find. Enjoy.
I do believe a viewing of "The Last Waltz" is in order.The death of Levon Helm from throat cancer on April 19 has silenced one of the great voices in American music.
There was something oracular about that voice, something that sounded as old as time itself. Even when Levon Helm was young, he had a voice that spoke to you with the authority of something graven in stone. But it was a voice that could also tease, and cut up, and sound as full of mischief as a 10-year-old boy on the first day of summer vacation. It was, in other words, the perfect voice for a rock and roll singer, maybe even the voice of rock and roll itself.
And so it goes.