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Levon Helm

The wait is over for "The Weight" — Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the ’60s rock group, The Band, lost his eight-year long legal battle with an ad agency regarding the usage of his group's signature song in a TV ad for Cingular Wireless, now AT&T, without his permission.

Helm sued the ad agency, BBDO Worldwide, in a Manhattan court back in 2004, however the state Appellate Division gave a unanimous ruling on March 1, 2012, siding with BBDO, finding that "although [Helm] claims that he never gave written consent for the use of his voice . . . he unambiguously authorized the defendant to license the recording."

BBDO claimed that it had received permission to use "The Weight" from the group's former record company, and that it didn’t need Helm’s authorization because he had signed a contract in 1968 allowing the record label to license the song.

In related news, Levon Helm will bring his long-running 'Ramble' concert to Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on May 6th of this year. The auditorium was the location of his 2008 concert which was released just last year as the live album, Ramble on the Ryman. The album earned a Grammy Award this year for Best Americana Album.