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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 08:55 AM
He is truly a music icon that is under appreciated.

Richie Havens - on the turning away
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLreozxbMkE

This is the Pink Floyd song but IMO Richie makes it better.

 
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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 09:05 AM
Always loved Richie too. Bluedad and I heard him a few years ago in Columbia, South Carolina

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 09:56 AM
Agreed he puts his own special stamp on any song he takes on.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 09:57 AM
He always sings with every ounce of his soul!,and thats what its all about.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 10:06 AM
I saw him a few years back on Long Island and was able to talk to him. He told me that in 1970, he was at the Isle of Wight Festival and got a chance to say hello to Jimi Hendrix backstage...the last time he ever saw him alive.

More recently, I got the dvd WILD BLUE ANGEL, which is a documentary about Jimi's IOW festival gig. Lo & behold, in one scene before the set, you can see Richie talking to Jimi. It struck me that was the final conversation he was talking about!!! Quite amazing that it was caught on film. By the way, the image is dark, so you can't really make out Richie Havens, but his voice gives it away that it is him!!

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 10:29 AM
Freedom! (Love Richie )

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 11:19 AM
When I started to collect albums back in the day, with the exception of the Beatles, Richie Havens was the only artist that I owned multiple albums from.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 11:22 AM
Saw him for $7 on my college campus about 12 years ago. About 300 people in attendance. All I knew of his music was from the Woodstock movie.
I was BLOWN AWAY. His voice and energy were powerful. He did a lot of talking, which I normally find annoying from most performers. But I could have listened to him speak all night. He had such insightful things to say about people and their inter-relationships. I went with one of my roommates and we both felt that at times he was speaking to us personally. He did "On the Turning Away" as his encore, just his voice and a droning note from some kind of music box. It was the first "religious" type of live music experience I'd ever had.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 11:22 AM
Ritchie havens is awsome! Love all his music!
 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 11:33 AM
Another Brooklyn Boy makes good!

I saw him at my college (Nassau Community College) back around 1978, and then again a couple of summers ago (in Brooklyn….out on the lawn in the park…under the stars…nice night) and he has still got it.

And he told some great stories about “back in the day.”

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 01:24 PM
A great musician whose work I don't have enough of -- his work on the 1969 album "A Summer's Night" by Montreal -- he produced it & performed on some it -- it is a thing of beauty -- a brilliant, brilliant album I've always loved

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 02:21 PM
I saw Richie live a few summers back for free in Huntington, NY. A full two hour set and he was just awesome. I couldn't believe the show was free. Love how he intertwines stories about the sixties in between songs. I love his take on Dylan's 'Just Like A Woman'.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 02:25 PM
He has such a beautiful voice. His version of "Just Like A Woman" is so soulful. Lovely!!!

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 04:14 PM
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Always loved Richie too. Bluedad and I heard him a few years ago in Columbia, South Carolina


And I did get to shake his hand and speak to him for a moment....
One thing I will never forget

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 04:16 PM
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Always loved Richie too. Bluedad and I heard him a few years ago in Columbia, South Carolina


And I did get to shake his hand and speak to him for a moment....
One thing I will never forget


And I remeber him saying in between songs that he contributed lyrics to Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower". Richie, to my knowledge has never been credited with lyrics to that song.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 04:16 PM
Damn, John, you never told me that! I have to hear the story sometime! I love Richie!

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 05:21 PM
I met him at a water park in new jersey [action park] he was with his grandson and in line to go down a water-slide, the day Jerry Garcia Died!.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 06:57 PM
Damn, it's funny you should mention Richie Haves. He is coming to my town (Huntspatch, AL.) in a few weeks. Think I'll go check him out. Anyone interested?

RICHIE HAVENS/Crossroads Cafe/Clinton Ave./HSV,AL
Sunday Dec 14, 2008 8:00 PM
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM SHOW STARTS AT 8PM
It was Richie’s reputation as a live performer that first earned him widespread notice. His Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in Richie’s career. As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd
spellbound for nearly three hours, called back for encore after encore. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual “Motherless Child” that became “Freedom”, a song now considered to be the anthem of a generation. The subsequent movie release helped Richie reach a worldwide audience of millions.




 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 07:32 PM
....seen Richie over 30 times since 1966 at many different venues......he is as great today as he was then------go see him perform ---It's magical

 

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  posted on 11/20/2008 at 08:42 PM
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Damn, John, you never told me that! I have to hear the story sometime! I love Richie!


Hey Drew,

Just sitting in ColaTown with Helen Banes. We were sitting front row for Richie at the Three Rivers Music Fest.

Richie was between songs and tuning and he was telling stories about writing songs in the 60's and he and Bob Dylan were friends and were writing lyrics and he gave Bob a few for "Alll Along the Watchtower"... Probably the way songs were written in the good old days...just friends getting together and writing....

I was stunned

 

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  posted on 11/21/2008 at 01:52 AM
Saw Richie opening for Janis Joplin in the summer of '69 at the old Forest Hills tennis stadium in Queens. He was/is such a warm "soulful" person/performer. He was still doing a lot of stuff from "Mixed Bag" at that point (Handsome Johnny, Follow, Just Like a Woman) which I've always regarded as a great album. I believe this show was about two weeks prior to Woodstock. Great to see that he is still around and performing.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2008 at 10:47 PM
Didnt realize he had a following here. Thinking of seeing him in March of next year. Anybody know anything about Harry Manx? Hes opening for Richie
 

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  posted on 11/22/2008 at 12:09 AM
I love this Guy, he is great. Thanks for the post. Awesome song
 

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  posted on 11/22/2008 at 12:17 AM

First performer at the first Woodstock - Richie Havens

 

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  posted on 11/22/2008 at 05:22 PM
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Damn, it's funny you should mention Richie Haves. He is coming to my town (Huntspatch, AL.) in a few weeks. Think I'll go check him out. Anyone interested?

RICHIE HAVENS/Crossroads Cafe/Clinton Ave./HSV,AL
Sunday Dec 14, 2008 8:00 PM
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM SHOW STARTS AT 8PM
It was Richie’s reputation as a live performer that first earned him widespread notice. His Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in Richie’s career. As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd
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