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Folk Legend Richie Havens Dies at 72

Folk Legend Richie Havens Dies at 72

Folk legend Richie Havens died Monday at the age of 72.  The folk singer/guitarist released 21 studio albums and toured the world multiple times, but is probably best known as the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

After decades of touring and recording, complications from kidney surgery forced Havens to stop touring in 2012.

Havens was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 21, 1941.  He spent much of the 1960s recording music that was written by popular artists like Bob Dylan and George Harrison.  At Woodstock, Havens was asked to perform a lengthy set because other artists were stuck in traffic.  He played for almost three hours.  Havens played every song he knew and even improvised a song, Freedom, which became one of the most famous of the performances at Woodstock.

 

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