Richie Havens

Folk Legend Richie Havens Dead at 72

Known for his distinctive intense, rhythmic guitar style and soulful covers of pop and folk songs, Havens toured and recorded music for over 40 years

by Team Ebony, April 22, 2013

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Richie Havens

Richie Havens

Richie Havens, a veteran folk singer and a star of the Woodstock festival and film, died this morning at his home from a sudden heart attack. He was 72.

Known for his distinctive intense, rhythmic guitar style and soulful covers of pop and folk songs, Havens toured and recorded music for over 40 years before retiring from the road three years ago.

His chart history includes the following statistics: 
*One Billboard Hot 100 single: Here Comes the Sun, No. 16 on May 22, 1971. 
*13 albums that charted on the Billboard 200 – one of them went top 40: 1971's Alarm Clock (No. 29).
*His last chart entry was the 1987 album Simple Things, which reached No. 173 on the Billboard 200 chart.

 
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