Tuesday, April 23, 2013
He opened Woodstock and brought the fire to a generation...
Richie Havens left us on Earth Day 2013. In 1969,
he opened Woodstock, stretching a 45 minute set
into three hours when the other musicians got stuck
in traffic. The song he invented that day, Freedom,
is part of the Django soundtrack. I think his two
best albums were Mixed Bag and Stonehenge.
George Harrison supposedly told Richie that he did
a better job of Here Comes The Sun than the songwriter
himself had done when the Beatles recorded it.
Richie was one of the greatest folksingers and
emcompassed the spirit of the 60's as well as anyone.
Richie, thank you 4 firing us up and touching our hearts!
I will never forget shaking your hand, because it was
the biggest hand I ever shook! Peace, brotherman...
Richie Havens and Peter Yarrow perform "The Great Mandala"