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Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering The Celebrities Who Left Us In 2012

12/31/2012 3:00pm EST
Whitney Houston
As 2012 comes to a close please click through to take a look back and remember all the actors, actresses, musicians, singers, writers, directors, producers and others who have entertained us over the years but left us during the past year.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on... R.I.P.

Etta James the "At Last" singer died of complications from Leukemia on January 20 at age 73.

Welcome Back Kotter star Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the show, died of a heart attack at age 60 on January 26.

Singer & reality TV star Leslie Cart...

John Mayer To Headline Levon Helm Tribute Concert

8/24/2012 4:20pm EDT
John Mayer
John Mayer is set to headline a tribute gig in honor of late The Band star Levon Helm.

The veteran rocker lost his battle with cancer in April and he will be remembered at a star-studded charity show in New Jersey in October. Mayer has signed up to lead the concert, along with Gregg Allman and country star Dierks Bentley.

The Love For Levon show will be held at the Izod Center in East Rutherford and will also feature performances from Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church and Patty Griffin, and proceeds from the gig will go to support Helm's studio complex and keep his Midnight Ramble Session sho...

Robert Pattinson Joins The Band Biopic

5/25/2012 4:50pm EDT
Robert Pattinson
Twilight star Robert Pattinson has signed on to appear in an upcoming film project about rock legends The Band.

Few details are known about the movie, but the British actor reveals it will focus on the group's craft more than anything else.

In an interview with French magazine Les InRockuptibles, Pattinson is quoted as saying, "I'm going to do a movie about The Band, the one that played with (Bob) Dylan: a beautiful script about the nature of songwriting."

The Band was founded in the 1960s by the late Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and drummer Levon Helm, w...

Levon Helm's Final Recording To Benefit Amnesty International

5/3/2012 3:02pm EDT
Levon Helm
A previously unreleased Levon Helm track is set to hit stores to raise funds for Amnesty International.

The song, called Toast to Freedom, was one of the last tunes the rock icon recorded before his death last month.

It will be available as a digital download from Thursday and all proceeds will benefit the human rights organization.

The Associated Press reports Helm recorded the song at his home studio in Woodstock, New York with friend and producer Larry Campbell. The track features vocals from Ewan McGregor, Kris Kristofferson and Carly Simon.

Campbell reveals Helm had hoped to pe...

Bob Dylan's Emotional Tribute To Levon Helm

4/20/2012 12:45pm EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has paid a poignant tribute to his close pal Levon Helm following The Band star's death on Thursday.

Drummer Helm lost his battle with throat cancer at the age of 71, prompting a wave of tributes from fellow rockers and Hollywood stars.

Now Dylan, who became friends with Helm when his first group The Hawks worked as Dylan's backing band in the 1960s, has added his own eulogy to the late star.

In a post on his official website, Dylan writes, "He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk ...

Slash & Billy Bragg Pay Tribute To Great Drummer Levon Helm

4/20/2012 9:03am EDT
Levon Helm
Billy Bragg and Slash have added their tributes to rocker Levon Helm, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

The Band drummer fell ill last month and was forced to scrap a series of concert appearances. Earlier this week, his wife posted a plea for fans to pray for her husband as he battled the "final stages" of his cancer.

And following heartfelt tributes from Sheryl Crow and Helm's once-estranged The Band pal Robbie Robertson, Bragg and Slash offered their respects.

British folk star Bragg took to Twitter with his tribute to "the greatest singing drummer that ever lived," adding,...

Elton John: 'Levon Helm Will Live On Through My Son'

4/20/2012 8:31am EDT
Elton John
Elton John is convinced he came up with the perfect tribute to Levon Helm by naming his son after The Band star.

The Rocket Man immortalized the rocker in his track Levon and also named his baby son after the musician, calling the tot Zachary Jackson Levon.

Elton was devastated to hear of Helm's death from cancer on Thursday, but hopes to keep his memory alive through his little boy.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, "When I heard The Band's music from Big Pink, their music changed my life. And Levon was a big part of that band... He was the greatest drummer and a wonderful singer and ju...

Levon Helm: Stars Pay Tribute To Late Rock Icon

4/20/2012 12:03am EDT
Levon Helm
Singer Sheryl Crow and director Cameron Crowe are leading the tributes to The Band star Levon Helm, who died on Thursday following a battle with throat cancer.

The rock veteran's health had been deteriorating in recent weeks and he passed away in a New York hospital surrounded by friends and family members.

Crow was one of the first celebrities to react to the news of the 71 year old's death and she took her followers on a trip down memory lane by posting a link to her 2008 performance with Helm in Nashville, Tennessee, where they performed "No Depression in Heaven" with a hos...

The Band's Levon Helm Dead At Age 71

4/19/2012 10:00pm EDT
Levon Helm
The Band star Levon Helm has lost his battle with throat cancer.

The much-loved rocker died on Thursday in New York, aged 71. Helm's longtime guitarist pal Larry Campbell announced the sad news in a statement to, which reads: "He passed away peacefully at 1:30 this afternoon surrounded by his friends and band mates.

"All his friends were there, and it seemed like Levon was waiting for them. Ten minutes after they left we sat there and he just faded away. He did it with dignity. It was even two days ago they thought it would happen within hours, but he held on. It seems ...

Robbie Robertson Reunites With Gravely Ill Levon Helm

4/18/2012 10:50pm EDT
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos
The Band star Robbie Robertson put aside a 35-year feud with estranged bandmate Levon Helm on Sunday and visited his old bandmate in hospital as the drummer battles the final stages of cancer.

Helm's wife Sandy and daughter Amy posted a message on his website on Tuesday asking fans to send "prayers and love" to the stricken rocker.

And a day after Jane Fonda, who worked with Helm on 1984 TV movie The Dollmaker, offered up her tribute to the ailing rocker, Robertson has followed up comments he made about the drummer at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday with a stat...

Jane Fonda Saddened By Levon Helm's Cancer Battle

4/18/2012 8:57am EDT
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda has told of her sadness after learning The Band star Levon Helm is reaching the "final stages" of his cancer fight, hailing the drummer as "astonishing".

Helm's wife Sandy and daughter Amy posted a message on his website on Tuesday asking fans to send "prayers and love" to the stricken rocker, who is close to death.

Fonda worked with Helm on 1984 TV movie The Dollmaker and she's opened up about her memories of him in a moving post on her blog.

She writes, "I got to know Levon personally because he played my husband in the ABC movie The Dollmaker. He was kind and deep and de...

Levon Helm, Longtime Drummer Of The Band, In Final Stages Of Cancer Battle

4/17/2012 7:19pm EDT
Levon Helm
The family of The Band drummer Levon Helm has announced that the star is nearing the end of his battle with cancer.

Helm's wife Sandy and daughter Amy posted a message to his official website on Tuesday informing fans that the drummer is nearing death.

"Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer," the message reads. "Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.

"Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... He has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, la...

Ray LaMontange & The Pariah Dogs to Headline Summer Tour

2/22/2011 12:08pm EST
Ray LaMontagne
Fresh off their Grammy win for Best Contemporary Folk Album, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs announce their 2011 summer tour in support of their highly acclaimed album, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise. The tour will begin in Waterbury, CT on May 25th and culminate on June 21st in Boise, ID with supporting acts Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters. Ray is also set to play at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival on June 10th.

God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Digital Album chart. This marked a personal sales best for Ray and tied his debu...