Richie Havens


NEW YORK (AP) - Richie Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, has died of a heart attack Monday, his family said in a statement. He was 72.

Havens, a folk singer and guitarist, was the first performer at the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival. He returned to the site during the 40th anniversary in 2009.

"Everything in my life, and so many others, is attached to that train," he said in a 2009 interview with The Associated Press.

Havens was born in Brooklyn. He was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs, including his well-received impersonation of Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman."

The singer's website said he had kidney surgery years ago and that he never recovered enough to perform concerts like he used to.

Havens performed at Bill Clinton's presidential Inauguration in 1993. He has released more than 25 albums. His last album was 2008's "Nobody Left to Crown."

"I really sing songs that move me," he said in an interview with The Denver Post. "I'm not in show business; I'm in the communications business. That's what it's about for me."

A public memorial will be planned for a later date.

AP Music Writer

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I heard Richie Havens in Binghamton , N.Y. many years ago. He will always be my favorite singer and human being...........David Canfield

Godspeed Richie, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

I've loved Richie's music and personality sincerely since I was 16 I am now 66. Rest peacefully. You will always be in my

Cada dia sem você é somente mais um dia que a música morre.

You made the world a better place.
RIP, dear Richie.

Darlene L Parks Fletcher Rea we saw Richie in Utah !!!!! An his music played to mourn 1996 Congo Drummer ex husband paschal L Parks who loved Richies music !! Shocked & sad to see OB notice july 30:2014 !Richie be sooo missed an his Music!!!!! Our kids/ grdkids now fans too!!!music plays on !!Richies songs live on !!!!

Woodstock first made me aware of this very powerful force, as was He. His effect was lasting and unique. The World is richer and more full of hope because He lived.

Rip. Did Richie have a brother name larry? That was in job corp in anaconda Montana ?