Richie Havens

Folk Singer

Richie Havens was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States on January 21st, 1941 and is the Folk Singer. At the age of 72, Richie Havens biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, songs, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 21, 1941
United States
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Death Date
Apr 22, 2013 (age 72)
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Autobiographer, Composer, Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter
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Richie Havens Life

Richard Pierce Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.

His music included elements of folk, soul, rhythm, and blues.

He had a strong and rhythmic guitar style (mostly in open tunings) and performed soulful covers of pop and folk songs.

He was Woodstock's first act.

Early life

Havens was the oldest of nine children born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City. On his father's side and on his mother's side, he was of Native American (Blackfoot) descent, as well as the British West Indies. His grandfather, Blackfoot, lived in the Montana/South Dakota area.

Havens' grandfather and great-uncle appeared at Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and later moved to New York City and landed on Long Island's Shinnecock Reservation. The grandfather of Havens married then migrated to Brooklyn, Brooklyn.

Havens formed his neighborhood friends into a street corner doop group as a youth. He was performing with the McCrea Gospel Singers at age 16, and he was on the brink of performing with the McCrea Gospel Singers.

Personal life

Havens underwent kidney transplantation in 2010, but they did not recover fully enough to function as he did before. On his Facebook page in March 2012, he announced that he would withdraw from touring after 45 years due to health issues.

Havens died of a heart attack at the age of 72 on April 22, 2013. The BBC referred to him as a "Woodstock legend," but Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young said Havens "could never be imitated." Havens "made an indelible mark on contemporary music," according to the Daily Telegraph, while Douglas Martin of The New York Times announced that Havens had "riveted Woodstock."

He was cremated and ashes were scattered from the air over the original site of the Woodstock Festival on August 18, 2013, the 44th anniversary of the festival's last day, according to Havens' request.

His wife Nancy, three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, all saved Havens.


Richie Havens Career


Havens left Brooklyn, New York, for artistic stimulation in Greenwich Village. "I saw the Village as a place to escape to in order to express yourself," he recalled. "I had first ventured there in the 1950s to perform poetry, then I drew portraits for two years and stayed up all night listening to folk music in the clubs." "It took a long time before I thought of buying a guitar."

Havens' solo appearances have quickly grew outside of village folk music circles. After securing a historic deal with Douglas Records, he continued with Bob Dylan's manager, Albert Grossman, and signed a new one with the Verve Folkways (later Verve Forecast). In late 1966, Verve released Mixed Bag, which featured songs such as "Handsome Johnny" (co-written by Havens and actor Louis Gossett Jr.), "Follow"), and a version of Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman." In 1967, Havens released his first album, "No Opportunity Necessary."

Something Else Again (1968) was his first album to crack the Billboard charts, and it brought Mixed Bag back to the top of the charts. He had sold five albums by 1969. Two of those albums were illegal "exploitation albums" issued by Douglas Records (or Douglas International): Electric Havens (released June 1, 1968) and Richie Havens Record (1969).

Havens' live shows attracted a lot of attention. His Woodstock appearance in 1969 pushed him into fame, bringing him right into fame and was a major turning point in his career. Despite Havens' recall that he appeared for nearly three hours, the actual recording and setlist confirm he played for about fifty minutes.

The musicians who followed him were stalled by traffic, so the players resumed playing. Havens brought an end to his performance by riffing off the old "Motherless Child" from the old film. Havens explained in a chat with Cliff Smith of Music-Room:

Havens' subsequent Woodstock film release helped the Havens attracted a worldwide audience. In late August 1969, he appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival for the second week. 215, 215

During the 1970s, Havens first appeared in theater. In 1974 film Catch My Soul alongside Richard Pryor and Bob Dylan's Hearts of Fire, he was included in the original 1972 stage presentation of The Who's Tommy, 244 as Othello, and 244 as Othello in Graesed Lightning with Richard Pryor.

As a result of law that had been passed to abolish Indian treaties in July 1978, he appeared at The Longest Walk, an American Indian spiritual walk from Alcatraz to Washington, D.C., emphasizing treaty rights.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Havens continued to perform music and tours. He created commercials for NBC, CBS, and ABC, as well as commercials for Amtrak and Coca-Cola. Havens has also worked for Maxwell House Coffee and Folgers, as well as the cotton industry's "The Fabric of Our Lives" theme. He appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in 1982, closing the show on Sunday night.

Richie Havens performed at a packed Yankee Stadium concert in honor of Nelson Mandela's release from South African prison, Robbin Island, on June 22, 1990. Judy Collins, Tracy Chapman, and The Mighty Sparrows were among the concert's other performers.

Havens appeared at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993. The "Cotton" song was one of the picks, which was made popular by a series of television commercials in the early 1990s. Havens appeared at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1999, attracting a large audience.

On Rhino Records, 1993's Resume, The Best of Richie Havens, collected his late 1960s and early 1970s recordings.

In the film Street Hunter (1990), starring John Leguizamo, Havens played a small part. Daze was a female character. He appeared in "Rock of Ages," an episode of the TV sitcom Married... with Children (Season 7, Episode 9).

Havens was the twentieth living recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, which was unveiled in Sherborn, Massachusetts, on April 12, 1991.

Havens collaborated with experimental music duo Groove Armada in 2000 for the retro 1970s-style song "Hands of Time." The song appeared on the soundtrack of the film Collateral; the song was also used in the films Domino, A Lot Like Love, Tell No One, and In the Cold Case episodes The Badlands & Street Wealth was included. On the band's third album, Goodbye Country, Havens appeared on "Little By Little" and "Healing."

He published They Can't Hide Us Anymore, an autobiography co-written with Steve Davidowitz in 2000. Havens retained his fame as a folk hero and went on tour. In 2002, he sang, uncredited, Dylan's "They Are a Changin" in the television series The West Wing (Season 4, Episode 7). He released Wishing Well in 2002 and Grace of the Sun in 2004.

Havens was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006.

In the Todd Haynes film I'm Not There, Havens appeared as "Old Man Arvin" in 2007. Marcus Carl Franklin and Tyrone Benskin are seen singing "Tombstone Blues" in a front-porch jam scene. The Havens' version of the song appears on the I'm Not There soundtrack. Havens appeared at The Jazz Café in London in February 2008.

Havens was invited to appear at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. He played "Freedom" at the behest of jury president Sean Penn. Havens appeared at the London, Ontario, Blues Festival in July 2008.

Havens released a new studio album, Nobody Left To Crown, in March 2008. The country-tinged "The Key" was the first single release.

Havens appeared in the highly praised 2009 film Soundtrack for a Revolution, which gave a general history of the modern Civil Rights Movement and featured young artists performing several of the era's musical masterpieces. Havens' performance of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" was a chilling film. "Affordability is not a good thing."

Havens appeared at the fundraising concert on May 3, 2009 in honor of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday. He appeared at the fifth annual Mountain Jam Festival in June 2009. The festival, which was hosted by The Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, was held at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort in Hunter, New York. The festival took place the weekend after Memorial Day, as is the tradition.

Havens appeared at the Clearwater Festival on June 20, 2009. He appeared at the Woodstock Tribute Festival in Ramsey, New Jersey, on July 4, 2009. On August 8, 2010, he appeared at Musikfest 2010 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Chasing the hazy memories of Woodstock: Cross-country effort to gather festival goers' stories before they all die, March 9, 2024
People from the Museum at Bethel Woods are traveling around the country gathering tales and memories from people who attended the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival. With the bulk of the attendees now in their 70s and 80s and some of them deceased, the museum is embedded in a five-year initiative to debunk legends. They have obtained over 500 testimonies from people who have served in WWII using methods similar to WWII historians. They're expanding their search this year, heading to Boston and New York City in early April, where they estimate half of the Woodstock crowd still lives.