RIP, Richie Havens

Posted by The G on April 22, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Richie Havens

Richie Havens

Sad news in the music world.  First we learned that Christina Amphlett of The Divinyls passed on this morning and in the evening, we learned that folk singer Richie Havens has died.  I saw Richie perform once as part of a birthday tribute to Pete Seeger, which is where the above photo was taken.  I hoped when they announced his name that he would perform “Freedom,” which was one of my favorite performances from Woodstock.  I got my wish and as Richie tore into the song, I was so overcome with emotion, I literally burst into tears.  It was a very powerful moment and one that I will not be forgetting.  It’s such a great song, and such a great anthem!  Thanks for the great music Richie.  Rest in peace.

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