Levon Helm, drummer and frequently the vocalist for The Band, lost a long brutal fight with cancer today. He was by all accounts an extraordinary human being. Elton John's song "Levon" got its name from him. Besides being a great musician, he was a really good actor. Among his best known roles, he played Loretta Lynn's father. He was the narrator of The Right Stuff. When Ringo Starr first toured with his All-Starrs, Levon was the drummer. Imagine that: the best known drummer in the world handpicked him to play drums.
(As is pointed out in the comment, Levon didn't sing lead on all these tracks.)