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Levon Helm public memorial

9:57 AM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
Levon Helm. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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WOODSTOCK, NY (AP) - By the busload, hundreds of friends and fans of Levon Helm are traveling to his Woodstock home to say goodbye to the influential singer and drummer for The Band, who died of cancer last week.

Thursday's public memorial is at the barn where Helm held his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts in New York's Hudson Valley. His closed casket was surrounded by flowers and flanked by his drum kit at one end and a piano at the other.

After a private funeral Friday, Helm will be buried in Woodstock Cemetery next to Rick Danko, The Band's singer and bassist who died in 1999.

Helm, Danko, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel's first album as The Band was 1968's "Music From Big Pink." Songs including "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up on Cripple Creek" are rock standards.

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