R.I.P. Folk Icon Richie Havens

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We’ve just earned that folk musician Richie Havens has died. Known for his soulful style and rhythmic acoustic guitar playing, his career dated back to the early ’60s. His long list of career achievements including opening Woodstock in 1969, recording various albums, covering pop songs by the likes of The Beatles and working as a social activist.

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Beloved folk icon Richie Havens died this morning in his home from a sudden heart attack. He was 72.

Havens first became part of musical history during his impromptu opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Best known for his distinctive intense, rhythmic guitar style and soulful covers of pop and folk songs, Havens toured and recorded music for over 40 years before retiring from the road 3 years ago. Beyond his music, those who have met Havens will remember his gentle and compassionate nature, his light humor and his powerful presence.

While his family greatly appreciates that Richie’s many fans are also mourning this loss, they do ask for privacy during this difficult time.

A public memorial will be planned for a later date.

Darren Ressler