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