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

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FILE - In this Nov. 27, 1976 file photo, Levon Helm, of The Band, playes drums at the band's final live performance at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco. Helm, who was in the final stages of his battle with cancer, died Thursday, April 19, 2012 in New York. He was 71. He was a key member of The Band and lent his distinctive Southern voice to classics like "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." (AP Photo/John Storey, file)