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Mountain climber
La Mancha
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 22, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
His performance epitomized the Woodstock ideal. Amazing man, amazing life.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
Sad for sure.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
A completely unique voice, too. Guts.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
An artist of exceptional uniqueness and passion and creativity. Those who knew him spoke of his warmth and compassion always.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:06am PT
Born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Richie Havens moved to Greenwich Village in 1961 in time to get in on the folk boom then taking place. Havens had a distinctive style as a folksinger, appearing in such clubs as the Cafe Wha? His guitar set to an open tuning, he would strum while barring chords with his thumb, using it essentially as percussion while singing rhythmically in a gruff voice for a mesmerizing effect. Havens was signed to Douglas Records in 1965 and recorded two albums that gained him a local following. In 1967, the Verve division of MGM Records formed a folk section (Verve Forecast) and signed Havens and other folk-based performers.

The result was Havens's third album, Mixed Bag. It wasn't until 1968 and the Something Else Again album, however, that Havens began to hit the charts -- actually, Havens's fourth, third, and second albums charted that year, in that order. In 1969 came the double album Richard P. Havens 1983. Havens's career benefited enormously from his appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and his subsequent featured role in the movie and album made from the concert in 1970. His first album after that exposure, Alarm Clock, made the Top 30 and produced a Top 20 single in "Here Comes the Sun." These recordings were Havens's commercial high-water mark, but by this time he had become an international touring success. By the end of the '70s, he had abandoned recording and turned entirely to live work. Havens came back to records with a flurry of releases in 1987: a new album, Simple Things; an album of Bob Dylan and Beatles covers; and a compilation. In 1991, Havens signed his first major-label deal in 15 years when he moved to Sony Music and released Now. Discography * A Richie Havens Record (1965) * Electric Havens (1966) * Mixed Bag (February 1967) * Something Else Again (1968) * Richard P.

Was lucky enough to see Richie Havens twice in Berkeley in 1967 and 1969. That second photo is just aobut right for 1967.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Brownie, what is up with your photos.... all no-shows

Credit: Peter Haan
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Fish Finder

Social climber
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:33am PT
My brother played percussion for him one summer when he was showcased at Georges Supper Club in Chicago

Possibly the coolest dude I ever met!

Tim Camuti

Trad climber
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:40am PT
One of the amazing music discoveries from the generation before me. Thanks to an amazing body of work, not just the Woodstock material, I learned a lot about the wide variety of folk music out there. Thanks for sharing your music, Richie.

Kennewick wa
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:45am PT
paul roehl

Boulder climber
Apr 23, 2013 - 02:39am PT
Who knew you could play the guitar with your thumb!

I don't think anyone else should die for at least the next year!

Apr 23, 2013 - 04:45am PT

Truckee, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 04:48am PT
F*#kin A, the good ones are dropping like flies this week...

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Apr 23, 2013 - 04:50am PT
i think he set the tone for that whole Woodstock concert, you had gung ho freaks ready for Nam and you had the acid heads, could have been a rough ride,

Mr Havens was the perfect dude to chill the whole thing out,

from out where the anecdotes roam
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:15am PT
"follow in the darkest night the sounds that may impell you"

sorry to know he's gone now


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:23am PT

There goes the sun. . .

Rest in peace, Richie.

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Jebus locker, you really missed it there. You should listen to his Mixed Bag album, still one of my favorites.

Stephen Stills:
Richie Havens was one of the nicest, most generous and pure individuals I have ever met.

He did Dylan way better than Dylan.

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:59am PT
Musicianship is about communication. Maybe he wasn't the best on the guitar, but we was a fine musician. At least he communicated to me.

Besides, anybody that needs TWO pick guards has to be awesome. RIP

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Locker is known to miss the boat musically. Thinks he's all Mr. Critic and what not.

FACT!! LOTS of people did Dylan songs better than Dylan did.
The Warbler

the edge of America
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:07am PT
Lots of soul, style, creativity, rhythm, and a powerful voice. I think these alone can make a good musician. His simple strumming and use of open tunings enabled him to be a solo player and fill the air with a unique and nuanced sound.

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