Mark Lavon Helm, 26 May 1940, Marvell, Arkansas, USA. Helm is best known as the drummer and a singer with the Band, one of North Americas greatest and most fondly remembered rock groups. Raised on a farm in rural Arkansas, Helm learned to play guitar and drums as a young child, and formed his first group, the Jungle Bush Beaters, while still in high school. He played with Conway Twitty before joining rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins and relocating to Toronto, Canada. Helm and Hawkins were soon joined by fledgling Canadian musicians Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson, developing into a tight club unit known as Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks. When the five musicians left Hawkins, they began playing the bars and clubs in their own right and recorded two singles for Atlantic Records as Levon And The Hawks (they were also known as the Canadian Squires for a brief period).
In 1965, Bob Dylan invited Levon And The...
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