There should have been more
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting singer/guitarist Richie Havens is dead of a heart attack. He was 72.
According to the AP, Havens will be remembered for his performance at Woodstock.
His performance at the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival, where headliners included Jimi Hendrix, was a turning point in his career. He was the first act to hit the stage, performing for nearly three hours. His performance of “Freedom” based from the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” became an anthem.
Havens returned to the site during Woodstock’s 40th anniversary in 2009.
“Everything in my life, and so many others, is attached to that train,” he said in an interview that year with The Associated Press.
For Havens’ sake I hope he was exaggerating the importance of Woodstock. There had to be something else. If not, what a stunted life.