Ritchie Havens, passed way Monday from a heart attack, at age 72, on Monday, April 22. He was the first performer at the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival and he performed for the 40th anniversary in 2009.
Havens also performed at Bill Clinton’s presidential Inauguration in 1993. He has released more than 25 albums. His last album was 2008′s Nobody Left to Crown.
Recently, “Hands of Time”, Richie’s collaboration with Groove Armada, was featured in the film, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” starring Steve Carrell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, and Steve Buscemi.
Havens was born in Brooklyn. He was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs, including his well-received impersonation of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman.” On May 20, 2012, Richie was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
“Everything in my life, and so many others, is attached to that train,” he said in a 2009 interview with The Associated Press.
“I really sing songs that move me,” he said in an interview with The Denver Post. “I’m not in show business; I’m in the communications business. That’s what it’s about for me.”
A public memorial will be planned for a later date.