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

(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.

FILE - In this May 1, 2008 file photo, Richie Havens plays at the opening night ceremony during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France. Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, has died at 72. His family says in a statement that...
FILE - In this May 1, 2008 file photo, Richie Havens plays at the opening night ceremony during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France. Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea...   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, file)
Richie Havens reprises  his 1969 song Freedom at a concert at the Bethel Woods Center, Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 in Bethel New York. Havens was the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. A concert at  Bethel Woods on Saturday will commemorate the 40th anniversary.
Richie Havens reprises his 1969 song "Freedom" at a concert at the Bethel Woods Center, Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 in Bethel New York. Havens was the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. A concert...   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
Richie Havens roden je 21.01.1941. Americki muzicar Semir Colic - Cola.   (semircolic)

« Prev« Prev | Next »Next »
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
8%
5%
77%
7%
2%
2%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!