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Musician Levon Helm appears on the new “Imus in the Morning” program in December 2007 at New York. Helm, who was in the final stages of his battle with cancer, died Thursday in New York. He was 71.

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Levon Helm, key member of The Band, dies at 71

With songs like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “The Weight” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” The Band fused rock, blues, folk and gospel to create a sound that seemed as authentically American as a Mathew Brady photograph or a Mark Twain short story.

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