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Remembering Richie Havens

The first performer to take the stage at Woodstock so many years ago moves on to the great music in the sky.

Richie Havens died yesterday of a sudden heart attack at age 72.

As legend has it, Havens was scheduled to go on fourth, but because of the mess on the New York State Throughway, other bands were either stuck in traffic, or their gear hadn't arrived yet.

So he got up and played and played..and played. He said his original four song set turned into every song he knew!

While Havens never became a household name, the fame he got from performing at Woodstock made it possible for him to continue a recording career and play gigs up until his retirement last year. He cited health reasons.

Havens did have one Top 40 hit, a cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" in 1971.

 


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