Woodstock Legend Richie Havens Dead at 72
Opened 1969 Woodstock with three-hour set
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2013 5:34 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Richie Havens, the folk singer who opened the 1969 Woodstock festival, died today from a sudden heart attack at home in New Jersey, Rolling Stone reports. He was 72. The Brooklyn-born musician is best known for the three-hour, partially improvised Woodstock set that brought him to prominence (and helped pad out the show until other artists arrived). He released 21 studio albums in his career. Havens also worked as an actor—appearing in the 1972 stage version of The Who's Tommy and 2007 Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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ParkerGabriel
Apr 27, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
"Sometimes, I feel--like I'm aaaaalllllmost goone..." So had sung he in "Freedom," which had made his career. And now Richie Havens WAS gone, and NOT almost so at that.
sat5360
Apr 26, 2013 3:03 PM CDT
THE MAN WAS THE BEST THANK YOU WE LOVED YOU MAN
i8ababy
Apr 24, 2013 6:27 AM CDT
Listen to "Hands of Time" by Groove Armada. Richie provides the vocals for it. It's such a beautiful song.