That's more recent history. However, back in 1959 Levon was part of the group "The Hawks", Ronnie Hawkins' band which were very popular in Southern Ontario. Everyone I knew when I was growing up was a fan of Rockin' Ronnie Hawkins and some were lucky enough to go to Toronto to see him in person. It's still on my to-do list. Another member of The Hawks was Robbie Robertson who also went on to play in The Band. What a talented group.
A friend, and talented guitarist in his own right, sent me this photo this morning. The picture is from 1959 and was taken in Oakville, Ontario. Left to right are Levon Helm, Will Jones, Rebel Payne and Robbie Robertson.