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Richie Havens Dead at 72

Daniel Eriksson
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04.23.2013
Richie Havens

Folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens passed away on April 22 from a heart attack. Havens was know for his rhythmic guitar style in open tunings. One of his specialties was re-arranging other famous songs in his own style, like for example the Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” and Bob Dylan's “Just Like a Woman.” Aside from playing covers, Havens wrote his own music as well, like for example “Handsome Johnny” which he co-wrote with actor Lou Gossett Jr..
 
Many will remember Havens as the first artist to play at the Woodstock Festival back in 1969, replacing the band Sweetwater who were supposed to open the event. Havens announced last year that he would stop touring, citing health issues as the reason.

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