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    RIP – Richie Havens

    RIP – Richie Havens

    I previously have written how I saw Richie Havens live at My Father’s Place when I was in high school, at the time we ran several of his songs as Videos of the Day in late January 2012:

    I saw Richie Havens at My Father’s Place (Facebook) in Roslyn, NY. Memorable.

    It was memorable. I was seated maybe 10 feet from him at the small club.

    So it is with sadness that I report:

     

    He’s best known for his “Freedom/Motherless Child” performance at Woodstock:

    But his rendition of Here Comes the Sun, which he played at My Father’s Place, always was my favorite.

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    Saw Richie at Central Park in 1973. He was wonderful-did a great version of Bill Withers “Lean on Me”.

    Only problem was the boors in the crowd who kept yelling for him to sing Freedom. He explained patiently that he had many other songs and put on a fine performance.

    Very gentle and caring throughout his life.

    Loved Richie. sounds like everyone here is about the same age. Damn he’s got a long thumb!


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