Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/18/2012 (4 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Family says that he is in the 'final stages' of cancer battle

Musician Levon Helm, perhaps best known for the lead vocals on "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" with The Band is in the final stages of his battle with throat cancer. The family of the 71-year-old musician reported on his web site that "Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer."

Helm also had a notable film career that spanned decades. He's probably best-known for playing Loretta Lynn's father in the film 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' pictured, with Sissy Spacek, and also appeared in 'The Right Stuff' and 'Feeling Minnesota.'

Helm also had a notable film career that spanned decades. He's probably best-known for playing Loretta Lynn's father in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter," pictured, with Sissy Spacek, and also appeared in "The Right Stuff" and "Feeling Minnesota."


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

4/18/2012 (4 years ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: Levon Helm, The Band, musician, singer, cancer

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey," the statement said.

Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. While his voice had been reduced to a whisper, he still continued to sing on albums and at rollicking concerts at his Woodstock home.

Helm was a key member of The Band and lent his distinctive Southern voice to classics like "The Weight." Helm, along with the other original members of The Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Helm is one of the group's three remaining members, along with Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson, out of The Band's lineup.

Richard Manuel committed suicide in 1986, a decade after the original group's last tour, immortalized by Martin Scorsese in the documentary "The Last Waltz," and Rick Danko died in his sleep in 1999.

Through it all, Helm kept making music -- and winning awards -- until very recently, when his illness forced him to cancel performances slated for this month.

Helm topped four other nominees to win the Best Americana Album at the 2012 Grammys, an honor he also took in 2010. The American Music Awards presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2003 and in 2008 made him its Artist of the Year.

Helm also had a notable film career that spanned decades. He's probably best-known for playing Loretta Lynn's father in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter," and also appeared in "The Right Stuff" and "Feeling Minnesota."

Robertson offered his "prayers and love" to his former band mate at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland.

Helm's wife Sandy, Along with daughter Amy said on his site that Helm "has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance!"



Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Music

Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize and changes the Literary world forever Watch

Image of Singer songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.


In 1993, author Toni Morrison received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Since then, no American has been awarded the honor - until now. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Famous singer and songwriter Bob Dylan is known as one of the world's most influential ... continue reading

'How do I prepare for the role of Jesus Christ?' New Gospel musical series set to share the stories of the Bible in a way like never before Watch

Image of

By Kevin Jones (CNA)

Actor and singer Jencarlos Canela will play the role of Jesus in a live musical dramatization of The Passion on Palm Sunday. Only he's still not sure how. New Orleans, LA (CNA) -  "How do I prepare for the role of Jesus Christ? Whoever knows the answer to that ... continue reading

Heavy metal band honors Blessed Oscar Romero with unexpected surprise Watch

Image of


British heavy metal rock band, Iron Maiden surprised their audience of 9,000 people during a concert in El Salvador's capital by paying respect to Blessed Oscar Romero. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The band's drummer Nicko McBrain set off a roar of applause from ... continue reading

'I never dreamed I would ever get to play for the Pope': Nuns rock out for Pope Francis Watch

Image of The Servants performed their song,


On his last day in Mexico, Pope Francis witnessed a live performance by a rock n' roll band of nuns. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Peruvian band called Siervas or "The Servants," performed their hit "Trust in God," for the Pope and a crowd of over 200,000 ... continue reading

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies at 74 Watch

Image of


If you danced in the Seventies and Eighties, there was a good chance you got up to "cut the rug" to Earth, Wind & Fire. How could anyone resist those soaring vocals, upbeat, positive energy, and brassy horn section? All of those classic tracks - "Shining ... continue reading

'God has a plan for us': Christian singer shares the most powerful pro-life message you'll ever hear! Watch

Image of


Christian recording artist, Matthew West has released a powerful pro-life song to encourage pregnant women "not to close the book on their unborn babies' lives." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - West found inspiration for his song titled, "Untold," from those who ... continue reading

Vatican honors singer David Bowie by tweeting lyrics to 'Space Oddity' Watch

Image of Looking remarkably full of vigor, this photograph of singer David Bowie was taken a mere three days before his death at the age of 69 from cancer.


An artist of multiple disciplines, singer David Bowie, who died at the age of 69 from cancer this week, was a mover and shaker in the worlds of music, art and fashion. The Vatican has honored his memory by tweeting the lyrics to "Space Oddity," believed by many ... continue reading

FIERCE rock singer who in reality was a nice guy, Lemmy of Motorhead, dies of cancer Watch

Image of Unapologetic for his hard-drinking ways, Lemmy Kilmister confessed,


Long stringy hair, prominent facial moles, and muttonchops made him appear as a modern day pirate. As the singer for the hard rock band Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister would growl through songs that combined the speed of punk with the decibel-destroying power of ... continue reading

Rock singer Scott Weiland 'found dead on tour bus' at age of 48 Watch

Image of The father-of-two was married to his third wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel Weiland, who confirmed his death, telling a newspaper,


Rock singer and Grammy-award-winning front man Scott Weiland has died at the age of 48. He had led the popular bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver to fame and fortune. He had passed away in his sleep while on his tour bus while in Bloomington, ... continue reading

Pope Francis: The rap star? Amazing new pop album featuring the pontiff is released in Italy Watch

Image of It is not know if Pope Francis enjoys the finished product of


As Pope Francis is a talented orator, holding audiences spellbound, it was only a matter of time before someone put his words behind a catchy beat to send out to the faithful worldwide. Released at the end of September, the album has been listened to at least a ... continue reading

All Music News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 4:7-16
7 On each one of us God's favour has been bestowed in whatever way Christ ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
1 [Song of Ascents Of David] I rejoiced that they said to me, 'Let us go ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 13:1-9
1 It was just about this time that some people arrived and told him about ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 22nd, 2016 Image

St. Pope John Paul II
October 22: Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his ... Read More