Levon Helm: 1940-2012

by Laura Fedele
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Photos by Laura Fedele/WFUV

Anyone who's ever listened to WFUV knows how we feel about Levon Helm.

To say we're admirers is just to skim the surface of the huge love and respect we have for him as an artist and a person, going back to his days with The Band and all the way through.

Levon was chosen to be our Artist of the Year in 2010, a time when he was riding a later-career wave of success thanks to his recent Grammy-winning albums: 2007's "Dirt Farmer" and 2009's "Electric Dirt." He brought along his hand-picked, amazing band, which always featured his daughter Amy Helm (also of Ollabelle), Larry Campbell (if you don't know him, look him up), a horn section to die for (Erik Lawrence, Steven Bernstein and Howard Johnson), Brian Mitchell on keys, Teresa Williams on guitar/voice, and a revolving cast of special guests that would make your head spin (see: Garth Hudson, Donald Fagen). Who doesn't want to play with Levon Helm?

Some people should last forever.

You can hear a conversation Dennis Elsas had with Levon in the WFUV Archives.

Here are a few photos from recent times he's shared with us.

Gallery

WFUV Annual Gala: Rita Houston
WFUV Annual Gala: Levon Helm
WFUV Annual Gala: Levon Helm
WFUV Annual Gala: Levon v. Schiffer
WFUV Gala 2010: Live Auction for Levon Helm
WFUV Gala 2010: Dennis Elsas
WFUV Gala 2010: Levon Helm
WFUV Gala 2010: Levon Helm
WFUV Gala 2010: Levon Helm
WFUV Gala 2010: Levon Helm
WFUV Gala 2010: Levon Helm
WFUV Gala 2010: Levon Helm
WFUV Gala 2010: Levon Helm
WFUV 2010 Gala: Levon Helm Band
WFUV 2010 Gala: Levon Helm Band
WFUV 2010 Gala: Levon Helm Band
WFUV 2010 Gala: Levon Helm Band
WFUV 2010 Gala: Levon Helm
WFUV 2010 Gala: Christopher Cerf
WFUV 2010 Gala: Levon Helm
WFUV 2010 Gala: Goodnight, Levon!
WFUV 2010 Gala: Levon Helm and Jill Welter
Newport Folk Festival: Levon Helm and Glen Hansard
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Levon Helm - Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Newport Folk Fest: The Levon Helm Band
Levon Helm By Neil Swanson
Levon Helm with Dennis Elsas in WFUV's Studio A
Levon Helm and Dennis Elsas

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