In honor of The Band’s Levon Helm, who died Thursday at the age of 71, here’s the song Elton John and Bernie Taupin named after him. “What I’m most proud of is he called me his partner,” said Larry Campbell, Helm’s longtime musical partner. “For me to arrive at a place in my career like that with a great man like him is the ultimate.”
OK, this is unexpected. I replied to this post by The Atlantic, which wondered if anybody was asking “Who is Levon Helm?” with what I thought was a nice, silly answer: Obviously, he’s the guy Elton John wrote that song about all those years ago.
I was kidding, but now you tell me I was right? Huh.