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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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    paulejb | April 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Small world. I many times was there at closing time at My Father’s Place in my salad days.

    cbenoistd | April 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley … the stones the MTV building refused. Run Shaker Life, The Klan … the fire of a gentle man.

    persecutor | April 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    My Father’s Place? Lord, I haven’t thought about that place in decades–and it’s been more than 40 years since I took a date there.

    Thanks for stoking the memories of my youth, Professor!

    Freddie Sykes | April 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I saw Richie Havens twice at CCNY before Woodstock. The first time was in a student lounge, the second time, they have to find a bigger room.

    Henry Hawkins | April 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I play guitar, love Richie Havens, and spent years trying to cover his percussive strumming style. If there’s a rock ‘n roll Heaven, I’ll bet….

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