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Richie Havens was an American folk rock guitarist, songwriter, and activist born in Brooklyn in 1941. Havens left Brooklyn at age 20, released his first two albums for Douglas Records and went on to sign with Albert Grossman, Bob Dylan’s manager. By 1969, Havens had released five more albums, two of which made it to the Billboard charts. Richie Havens had his big break and was shot into center stage in 1969 when he performed as the opening act at Woodstock. Havens performed for three hours because some of the acts had trouble reaching the festival. After his Woodstock performance, Havens went to create his own record label known as Stormy Forest and released 5 more albums.
Richie Havens kept performing his music up until March of 2012 when he announced that after 45 year of touring he had to stop due to health concerns. Havens passed away three days ago on April 22 of a heart attack and the Woodstock Icon will be greatly missed by all.
Celebrate the life of Richie Havens with us today at 5PM at WERS!