Black Entertainment : R.I.P. RICHIE HAVENS

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  1. Kemetstry

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    Richie Havens during the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock on August 14, 2009 in Bethel, New York. (Bobby Bank/WireImage)
    NEW YORK — Richie Havens, the folk singer and guitarist who was the first performer at Woodstock, died Monday at age 72.
    Havens died of a heart attack in New Jersey, his family said in a statement. He was born in Brooklyn.
    Havens was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs, including his well-received cover of Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman."
    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.
    Woodstock remains one of the events that continues to define the 1960s in the popular imagination. Performers included The Who, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and dozens of others, and the trippy anarchy of Woodstock has become legendary. There was lots of nudity, casual sex, dirty dancing and open drug use. The stage announcer famously warned people to steer clear of the brown acid.
    Havens had originally been scheduled to go on fifth but had been bumped up because of travel delays. Festival producer Michael Lang said in the book "The Road to Woodstock" that he chose Havens "because of his calm but powerful demeanor."





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    Naw, naw... say it ain't so Kemetstry, not Richie, the man that kicked off Woodstock with "Freedom," wow ... and the profound words: sometimes I feel like a motherless child, not that Richie:

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    Richie Havens 1969 Woodstock - Freedom





     
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    The music that founded an era is starting to die





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    Gonna play Freedom for the rest of the night, its on now in Chat...:bye:



     
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    Lyrics to Freedom:


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    Freedom, freedom
    Freedom, freedom
    Freedom, freedom
    Freedom, freedom

    Sometimes I feel like a motherless childSometimes I feel like a motherless childSometimes I feel like a motherless childA long way from my home

    Freedom, freedom
    Freedom, freedom
    Freedom, freedom
    Freedom, freedom
    Freedom, freedom

    Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone
    Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone
    Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone

    A long, long, long, way, way from my home

    Clap your hands,
    clap your hands
    Clap your hands,
    clap your hands
    Clap your hands,
    clap your hands
    Clap your hands,
    clap your hands

    Hey, yeah


    I got a telephone in my bosom
    And I can call him up from my heart
    I got a telephone in my bosom
    And I can call him up from my heart


    When I need my brother,
    brother
    When I need my mother,
    mother

    Hey, yeah

    Read more: RICHIE HAVENS - FREEDOM LYRICS
     
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    He had many good songs :thumbsup:





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    Right, Right ... Freedom is just my favorite:cool:, and I felt like sharing its profoundness with the family.

    WoW!:wow:... wonder why their aren't more contributors... Oh well... at least you and I know the man:) Richie was an icon to me and one of few leaving a lasting impression. Take care brother and thanks for the heads up on this, again.


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    © AP / Richie Havens in 1998

    Richie Havens' ashes to be scattered at Woodstock
    July 2, 2013, 11:21 AM EST
    WENN
    The ashes of late folk icon Richie Havens will be scattered at the site of the legendary Woodstock festival in Bethel, N.Y.
    Bing: More on Richie Havens
    The singer, who died in April after suffering a fatal heart attack, will be celebrated at a special ceremony on August 18 on the former farm where he opened the historic festival in 1969. A message posted on Havens' official website states, "This day of song and remembrance honoring Richie Havens is open to the public, and all are welcome. A ticket will be required for admission and will be made available for free."
    Havens was not scheduled to be the first performer at Woodstock, but he was called on to take the stage when the other acts ended up stuck in traffic, and he played a now legendary two-hour set. Woodstock's location is now home to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.




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  9. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    :toast: ... :cheers: ... A Real Libation Richie Havens' ashes to be scattered at Woodstock
    July 2, 2013, 11:21 AM EST
    WENN





     
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    Awesome! Very deserving tribute. Hats off and props, he did it!
     
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