Richie Havens passed this way

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  • glenster

    Richie Havens January 21, 1941--April 22, 2013 (72 years old)

    Woodstock, 1969
    "As the festival's first performer, he held the crowd for nearly
    three hours (in part because he was told to perform a lengthy set
    because many artists were delayed in reaching the festival loca-
    tion), and was called back for several encores. Having run out of
    tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual "Motherless
    Child" that became "Freedom". The subsequent Woodstock movie re-
    lease helped Havens reach a worldwide audience.

  • BizzyBee


    RIP, Richie.

  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    I saw and heard him perform at Woodstock. He regularly played smaller venues in NYC. I believe he opened for some bigger folkstar when I first saw him. This past year I thought it would be nice to see him again. I can't explain it but he projected a nice, warm feeling.

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  • Glander


    R I P Richie

  • Wasanelder Once
    Wasanelder Once

    I was 13 when I saw the movie of woodstock. This was so impressive to me as a boy. I thought if we could just have what he was singing in that song we could all be happy. And being a white kid I thought it was a slave anthem! Still gives me shivers. He did a wonderful version of If Not For You.

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