He'll always be best known for opening Woodstock, both the festival
and the film. But Richie Havens had a long career -- he stopped touring
only three years ago -- and wielded one of the most beautiful voices and
one of the most distinctive acoustic guitar styles in folk music.
Richie Havens at Woodstock
He was a strong songwriter -- he wrote
"Handsome Johnny," which was part of that Woodstock set, with Louis
Gossett Jr. -- but he was primarily known as a distinctive interpreter of
other artist's work. He performed memorable versions of several
Bob Dylan songs, perhaps most notably "Just Like a Woman," and he had a hit
with a cover of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun."
He died suddenly of a heart attack on Monday, April 22. He was 72.
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