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Fans Head to Woodstock Barn to Say Goodbye to Levon Helm

Hundreds of friends and fans of Levon Helm are traveling to his Woodstock home on Thursday to say goodbye to the influential singer and drummer for The Band.

Helm, 71, died of a long battle with cancer last week.

The public memorial service will be held at the barn where Helm had his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts. Friends and fans were invited to pay their respects to the barn, which contained flowers and Helm's closed casket flanked by his drum kit and a piano, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

After a private funeral on Friday, Helm will be buried at Woodstock Cemetery next to Rick Danko, The Band's singer and bassist 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 on the album, including "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up on Cripple Creek," are rock standards.

With The Associated Press