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The Woodstock Singer, Richie Havens Died at 72 Due to Cardiac Arrest

Apr 24, 2013 17:03 IST

Richie Havens, the folk musician who commenced the 1969 Woodstock musical festival died because of cardiac arrest on 22 April 2013 in Jersey City. He was 72 years of age. He is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

About Richie Havens

• He came from New York folk scenes in 1960s.
• He also sang for President Bill Clinton and Dalai Lama. He sang at the 1993 inauguration of Clinton.
• He was known for the acoustic guitar as well as covers of the songs by The Who, Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
• His final album was Nobody Left to Crown and it was released in 2008.
• His improvised version of the song Motherless Child was evolved into Freedom at Woodstock. It later became the anthem for 1960s Hippie generation.
• In 1970s, he made an acting appearance in 1972 version of The Who’s rock opera Tommy.
• In 1974, he took lead roles in Catch My Soul, the Othello-inspired movie.
• In 1992, he performed on Just Like a Woman at Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert.
• Other hits of Haven include Beatles classics Here Comes the Sun and Strawberry Fields Forever. Other work includes The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again.

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