The Best Levon Helm quotes

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Levon Helm was born in Arkansas in 1940. He was the drummer and singer for The Band, one of the most successful and influential groups in rock history. Helm’s soulful voice and drumming helped shape The Band’s signature sound, and his passionate performances made him one of the most beloved figures in music. Despite his success, Helm faced many challenges throughout his life. He battled health problems for years before his death in 2012, but he never stopped writing and performing music. His story is an inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere who face adversity head on and never give up their dreams.

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About Levon Helm

birth of the author

May 26, 1940

death of the author

April 19, 2012

occupation of the author

Musician, Singer, Actor

date of the author

Years Active:

genre of the author

Rock, Americana, Country, Folk, Roots Rock And More.

instrument of the author

Vocals, Drums, Mandolin, Guitar

institution of the author

Capitol, Mca

productions of the author

Associated Acts:
The Band, Ronnie Hawkins, Lenny Breau, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band And More.


Music is the language of heaven. — Levon Helm

If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out. — Levon Helm

Drums just always sounded like the most fun part of that good music for me. — Levon Helm

My dad and I played music. He teaches me a song or two every time I’m home. — Levon Helm

music is the language of heaven Levon Helm quote

If it doesn’t come from your heart, music just doesn’t work. — Levon Helm

The power of music just kinda kills all those ills; it cures everything and you’ve got more energy just from the music. And, I’ve never seen it fail. It’s good for ya; real good for ya. — Levon Helm


Drums usually seem to tune themselves. — Levon Helm

Anytime I switch to another instrument, I immediately turn it into another kind of drum so that I can understand it better. — Levon Helm

With horns and a full rhythm section, the drums always looked like the best seat in the house. — Levon Helm

drums usually seem to tune themselves Levon Helm quote

A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that I should get in the musicians’ union. He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job, son. — Levon Helm


Forever Young, by Dylan, is one of my favorite songs. — Levon Helm

Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end, it’s hard for me to resist. — Levon Helm

Songs don’t wear out. Good songs are good now. If they were a comfort during those hard times in the past, they’ll be a comfort in today’s age. — Levon Helm

If you feel like you’re getting into a rut with a song, a night off usually fixes it. — Levon Helm

forever young by dylan is one of my favorite songs Levon Helm quote

If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you. — Levon Helm

There were no rules, other than that the song should sound good and be fun to play. — Levon Helm

Most of our stuff was trial and error. You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on, you play the song and you listen to it. — Levon Helm


You can either make it come around or you can’t. By the time we would be ready to record a song, we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it. — Levon Helm

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I had throat cancer, and I had to have radiation treatments, and I couldn’t sing for a long time; and this was in ’97. I had 28 radiation treatments. I didn’t die, thank God. — Levon Helm

The Jungle Bush Beaters didn’t last too long as a group, but we had a pretty good time while we did. — Levon Helm

By the time The Band did The Last Waltz, the chemistry had changed, and it wasn’t a thrill anymore to live that studio kind of life. — Levon Helm

Inspiring Phrases From Levon Helm

Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up. He had a series of good bands. I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me. And he did a couple of times. — Levon Helm

I don’t hear record companies coming up with any good ideas or suggestions. Historically, if it ain’t their idea, it ain’t no good, so you got that to contend with. — Levon Helm

If things are going slow, I’m itchy. — Levon Helm

if things are going slow i m itchy Levon Helm quote

Good times don’t last long sometimes. — Levon Helm

I love horns, and the bigger the band, the better it sounds to my ear. — Levon Helm

Don’t we all want what’s best for each other? — Levon Helm

When the second record came out, they started calling it The Band. I voted to call it The Crackers. I’m no fool. — Levon Helm

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