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Richie Havens

Richie Havens Tribute - Sunday Breakfast - 2013

by John Platt

Richie Havens was a friend of WFUV, but also the folk community and, thanks to his iconic performance at Woodstock, the whole world. His passing on April 22 of a heart attack at age 72 was profoundly sad for his many fans. I think of Richie as both a mensch and a mystic - with a down-to-earth sense of humor and yet cosmic wisdom. He was a generous, open-hearted man and one of the most riveting performers you'll ever see.

Remembering Richie Havens

by Dennis Elsas
Richie Havens with Dennis Elsas

I was very sad to learn of the passing of Richie Havens yesterday at the age of 72. The first time I ever met Richie was in May 1968. I was working at my campus station WQMC (Queens College) and he was a rising folk-star and a staple of the newly blossoming FM airwaves. We talked at his manger’s office on East 55th Street and it was the first artist interview I ever did for the radio.

Richie Havens - Words and Music - 2008

by Dennis Elsas

With the album Nobody Left To Crown, Richie Havens continues to speak loudly in song, using his words and those of other writers to discuss the frustrations, hopes, and ways of the world. Is he a folk singer though? It's a question Richie's faced most of his career, and it was just one topic of conversation as he joined host Dennis Elsas for an interview at WFUV.