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Levon Helm: The South’s most charming drummer and his fabled life

Levon Helm: The South’s most charming drummer and his fabled life

by Suzanne Cadgene | Photograph by Elliott Landy

Levon Helm had three major but overlapping influences in his life, which, like a color wheel, yielded shades a’ plenty to paint his inimitable portrait. Levon’s rural southern upbringing, his relationship with hard-living Ronnie Hawkins and his own music formed the man long before he shed his teens, and by all accounts, Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm had an extraordinary connection with all three until the day he died.

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