Levon Helm was born May 26, 1940 in Elaine, Arkansas. His drumming, singing, songwriting, and mandolin playing helped make The Band a distinct unit of musicians that shaped popular music in the post-psychedelic era of the late 60s.

WUMB will celebrate Helm’s music throughout the day on Thursday.

Hear the Artist of the Day features each weekday in the 9 AM, noon, 3 PM, and 7 PM hours.