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Ulster County Road To Be Renamed For Musician Levon Helm

Helm Was Drummer And Singer In The Band
Musician Levon Helm at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - April 25, 2010 (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) - The New York state Legislature has given final approval to a measure that would name an upstate road after the late Grammy-winning drummer and singer Levon Helm.

The Daily Freeman of Kingston reports that the Senate has approved legislation to designate Route 375 “Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard.”

The bill calls for naming the entire 3-mile length of the Ulster County road in memory of Helm, who died in April 2012 after battling throat cancer. The road runs from Hurley to Woodstock, where Helm lived and where he hosted his “Midnight Ramble” concerts at his home and studio.

The Assembly approved the bill last month. The measure needs Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature to take effect.

Helm gained fame in the 1960s and 1970s as drummer and singer in The Band.

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