Music legend Levon Helm dies aged 71.

Levon Helm, member of legendary group The Band died today at 1:30 pm at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.

A talented and versatile musician, Helm gained fame as one of the founding members of classic rock act The Band, named so as they were always referred to as "the band" by the various acts they played with, most notably Bob Dylan. The group would go on to record several classic albums together including the seminal Songs From The Big Pink in 1968.

After the group's demise Helm forged a successful solo career, winning the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2010 with Electric Dirt and in 2012 for the live album Ramble At The Ryman

Helm also had a successful acting career, appearing in such films as Coal Minor's Daughter in 1980 and The Right Stuff in 1983.

Watch Levon Helm and The Band perform 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' from The Last Waltz 1976

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