Richie Havens, Musical Legend, Dies at 72
There will hopefully never be a “label” attached to the music of Richie Havens. His sound, his vocal delivery, was unique. He will forever be known as the entertainer who opened the event in 1969 simply known as “Woodstock”, and officially called “Three Days of Peace and Music”. His performance of “Freedom/Motherless Child” set the tone for the event attended by more than 500,000 men and women.
He toured for over 30 years, recording more than 30 albums. He retired just over a year ago, he had endured kidney surgery, and was suffering complications from it.
He was born in Brooklyn in 1941. He found his voice in Greenwich Village. “I saw the Village as a place to escape to in order to express yourself,”
He played at “Beatnik” clubs, coffee houses, anywhere people wanted to hear his music. In 1970, he recorded George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun”, adding to it a bongo beat and a ‘hard-driven’ sound.
Praise for Havens and his unique style and sound have poured in from current and past members of the music community.
Columnist-The Guardian Express