Discussion in 'The Bar' started by Stew Nod, Jan 26, 2016.
I liked him
opening act at woodstock
Richie Havens, Folk Icon, Dead at 72
Brooklyn native opened Woodstock in 1969
BY DAVID BROWNE April 22, 2013
Richie Havens Michael Putland/Getty Images
Richie Havens, who brought an earthy soulfulness to the folk scene of the Sixties and was the first act to hit the stage at Woodstock, died of a heart attack on Monday, April 22. He was 72 and was living in Jersey City, New Jersey. Last month, Havens announced he would no longer be touring due to health issues.
From the beginning, when he played Village folk clubs in the mid-Sixties, Havens stood out due to more than just his imposing height (he was six-and-a-half feet tall) and his ethnicity (African-American in a largely white folk scene). He played his acoustic guitar with an open tuning and in a fervent, rhythmic style, and he sang in a sonorous, gravel-road voice that connected folk, blues and gospel.
Like many of his peers, Havens was a songwriter (he co-wrote one of his best-known songs, "Handsome Johnny," with actor Lou Gossett Jr.). But Havens also knew a great contemporary song when he heard it, and made his name covering and rearranging songs by Bob Dylan ("Just Like a Woman," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue") and the Beatles ("With a Little Help from My Friends," "Eleanor Rigby," "Here Comes the Sun"). "Music is the major form of communication," he told Rolling Stone in 1968. "It's the commonest vibration, the people's news broadcast, especially for kids."
Richie Havens in 1968: 'The Direction For My Music Is Heaven'
The oldest of nine children, Havens grew up in Brooklyn's poor Bedford-Stuyvesant, the son of a factory worker who played piano; as a teenager, Havens formed a gospel group in high school. Although at one time he said he hoped to be a surgeon, he left home at 17 and landed in Greenwich Village. When he wasn't painting portraits of tourists to make money, Havens was playing the folk clubs there. Among those who noticed him was Dylan: "One singer I crossed paths with a lot, Richie Havens, always had a nice-looking girl with him who passed the hat and I noticed that he always did well," Dylan wrote in his memoir Chronicles: Volume One.
2016, not off to a good start.
he died like 3 years ago..
Hhahaha, holy shit someone just posted this on Fakebook...nevermind
Stew, are you on the sauce already?
LOPz, no sir...scout's honor...never before 5
oh for chrissakes stew
You were obviously a huge fan of his.
Stew will be crushed in a few weeks when he finds out about Elvis.
hahhaha, I know, I know...i deserve to be banned LOPz
I wouldn't say huge
Saw him a couple years ago on Jools Holland or one o those Brit shows, and he was sooooo amazing!!!
Jesus with all the death going on lately.
We dug up Ritchie, he's still dead. Keith Richards wants to snort his ashes.
(See, you can tell I skim, and not read.)
It's 5 or later in Oslo.