Richie Havens, one of the most instantly identifiable singers, unique guitarists and creative Folk musicians to come from the 1960’s Greenwich Village music scene, passed away yesterday at the age of 72 at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Most remembered for his performance as the opening act of the legendary 1969 Woodstock (N.Y.) Music & Art Fair, I’d like to, on this day, honor and pay tribute to this remarkable man with another of his many memorable performances.
On October 16, 1992, Richie Havens was part of the star-studded cast of musicians who gathered at New York’s Madison Square Garden to partake in Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration. Richie’s contribution was a rendition of his already-classic interpretation of Dylan’s song, “Just Like A Woman.”
Take a few minutes, watch and listen.
Richie Havens, January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013.
It’s sad, the Woodstock performers are dying off little by little, some sooner than later, of course….
Hendrix, Janis, Keith Moon, Alvin Lee, now Richie. Who else…?
Haven’s intense, rhythmic style. . . so unique, immediately identifiable. Goodbye and thanks, Richie.