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Richie Havens

Born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Richie Havens moved to Greenwich Village in 1961 in time to get in on the folk boom then taking place. Havens had a distinctive style as a folksinger, appearing in such clubs as the Cafe Wha? His guitar set to an opening tuning, he would strum it while barring chords with his thumb, using it essentially as percussion while singing rhythmically in a gruff voice for a mesmerizing effect. Havens was signed to Douglas Records in 1965 and recorded two albums that gained him a local following. In 1967, the Verve division of MGM Records formed a folk section (Verve Forecast) and signed Havens and other folk-based performers. The result was Havens' third album, Mixed Bag. It wasn't until 1968 and the Something Else Again album, however, that Havens began to hit the charts -- actually, Havens' fourth, third, and second albums charted that year, in that order. In 1969 came the double album Richard P. Havens 1983.

Havens' career benefited enormously from his appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and his subsequent featured role in the movie and album made from the concert in 1970. His first album after that exposure, Alarm Clock, made the Top 30 and produced a Top 20 single in "Here Comes the Sun." These recordings were Havens' commercial high-water mark, but by this time he had become an international touring success. By the end of the '70s, he had abandoned recording and turned entirely to live work. Havens came back to records with a flurry of releases in 1987: a new album, Simple Things; an album of Bob Dylan and Beatles covers; and a compilation. In 1991, Havens signed his first major-label deal in 15 years when he moved to Sony Music and released Now. Nobody Left to Crown was issued by Verve Forecast in 2008. Havens died of a heart attack at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey in April 2013; he was 72 years old. ~ William Ruhlmann
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Paris Live 1969

1. Intro

2. High Flyin' Bird

3. Interlude 1

4. Indian Rope Man

5. Interlude 2

6. Handsome Johnny

7. Interlude 3

8. Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head

9. Interlude 4

10. With A Little Help From My Friends

11. Strawberry Fields Forever

12. There's A Hole In The Future

13. Freedom

14. Run, Shaker Life

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Track List: ...His Last Songs

1. I Can See Clearly Now

2. It's Better Together

3. 59th St. Bridge Song

4. What A Wonderful World

5. Three Little Birds

6. Greatest Love Of All

7. Sharing

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Track List: Mixed Bag II

1. Ooh Child

2. Headkeeper

3. Wandering Angus

4. Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

5. Someone Suite

6. Band On The Run

7. The Loner

8. The Makings Of You

9. The Indian Prayer

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Track List: Mixed Bag / Something Else Again

Disc 1

1. High Flyin' Bird

2. I Can't Make It Anymore

3. Morning, Morning

4. Adam

5. Follow

6. Three Day Eternity

7. Sandy

8. Handsome Johnny

9. San Francisco Bay Blues

10. Just Like A Woman

11. Eleanor Rigby

Disc 2

1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed

2. Inside Of Him

3. The Klan

4. Sugarplums

5. Don't Listen To Me

6. From The Prison

7. Maggie's Farm

8. Somethin' Else Again

9. New City

10. Run, Shaker Life

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Track List: Cuts To The Chase

1. Lives In The Balance (1994)

2. They Dance Alone

3. My Father's Shoes

4. Darkness, Darkness

5. The Hawk

6. Young Boy

7. The Times They Are A-Changin'

8. Fade To Blue

9. Intro / Old Love

10. How The Nights Can Fly

11. Comin' Back To Me

12. Don't Pass It Up

13. At A Glance

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Track List: Nobody Left To Crown

1. The Key

2. Say It Isn't So

3. Won't Get Fooled Again

4. Standing On The Water

5. Hurricane Waters

6. If I

7. Nobody Left To Crown

8. (Can't Hear You) Zeus's Anger Roar

9. Lives In The Balance

10. We All Know Now

11. Fates

12. The Great Mandala (The Wheel Of Life)

13. One More Day

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Track List: Grace Of The Sun

1. By The Grace Of The Sun

2. Way Down Deep

3. Woodstock

4. We Both Know

5. Dusk

6. Red Flowers

7. All Along The Watchtower

8. When

9. Scarlet Flames

10. Pull Up The Stone

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Track List: High Flyin' Bird / The Verve Forecast Years

Disc 1

1. High Flyin' Bird

2. I Can't Make It Anymore

3. Morning, Morning

4. Adam

5. Follow

6. Three Day Eternity

7. Sandy

8. Handsome Johnny

9. San Francisco Bay Blues

10. Just Like A Woman

11. Eleanor Rigby

12. I've Gotta Go (Single Version)

13. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed

14. Inside Of Him

15. The Klan

16. Sugarplums

17. Don't Listen To Me

18. From The Prison

19. Maggie's Farm

20. Somethin' Else Again

21. New City

Disc 2

1. Run, Shaker Life

2. Stop Pulling And Pushing Me

3. For Haven's Sake

4. Strawberry Fields Forever

5. What More Can I Say John

6. I Pity The Poor Immigrant

7. Lady Madonna

8. Priests

9. Indian Rope Man

10. Cautiously

11. Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head

12. She's Leaving Home

13. Putting Out The Vibration And Hoping It Comes Home

14. The Parable Of Ramon

15. With A Little Help From My Friends (1968/Live At The Santa Monica Civic Center)

16. Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Live Album Version)

17. Run, Shaker Life (Live Album Version)

18. Do You Feel Good (Live Album Version)

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Track List: Dreaming As One: The A&M Years

1. I'm Not In Love

2. We Can't Hide It Anymore

3. Dreaming As One

4. You Can Close Your Eyes

5. I Was Educated By Myself

6. Daughter Of The Night

7. If Not For You

8. Do It Again

9. Wild Night

10. Long Train Running

11. Live It Up (One Time)

12. Shadows Of The Past

13. I Don't Complain

14. Touch The Sky

15. Billy John

16. We All Wanna Boogie

17. Avalon

18. Aviation Man

19. Nobody Left To Crown

20. The End

21. I'm Not In Love (Single Version)

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Track List: Wishing Well

1. The Well

2. Handouts In The Rain

3. Love Is Alive

4. You'll Never Know

5. Slow Down

6. On The Road To Calvary

7. Stardust & Passion

8. Paradise

9. Alone Together

10. On The Turning Away

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Track List: Connections

1. Mamma We're Gonna Dance

2. Every Night

3. You Send Me

4. We've Got Tonight

5. Ol' 55

6. Going Back To My Roots

7. Dreams

8. She Touched My Heart

9. Fire Down Below

10. Here's A Song

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Track List: The Best of Richie Havens - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

1. High Flyin' Bird

2. Follow

3. Handsome Johnny

4. San Francisco Bay Blues

5. Just Like A Woman

6. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed

7. The Klan

8. From The Prison

9. Run, Shaker Life

10. Indian Rope Man

11. Lady Madonna

12. Strawberry Fields Forever

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Track List: Time

1. Stardust & Passion

2. The Well

3. Nobody Left To Crown (Live)

4. Zodiac

5. Freedom (Extended Live Version)

6. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Live)

7. I Was Educated By Myself (Live)

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Track List: The Classics

1. Eleanor Rigby (1968)

2. Just Like A Woman

3. Medley: Run, Shaker Life/Do You Feel Good (Live At The Santa Monica Civic Center, 1968)

4. Maggie's Farm

5. Somethin' Else Again

6. She's Leaving Home

7. The Klan

8. Strawberry Fields Forever

9. High Flyin' Bird

10. Handsome Johnny

11. A Little Help From My Friends (Live At The Santa Monica Civic Center, 1968)

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Track List: Resume

1. High Flyin' Bird

2. Drown in my Own Tears

3. Morning, Morning

4. Just Like a Woman

5. The Dolphins

7. God Bless the Child

8. The Klan

9. Handsome Johnny

10. Follow

11. Younger Men Grow Older

13. What About Me

14. Minstrel From Gault

15. Rocky Raccoon

16. San Francisco Bay Blues

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Track List: Live At The Cellar Door And The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

1. I Can't Make It Anymore (Live)

2. All Along The Watchtower (Live)

3. Helplessly Hoping (Live)

4. God Bless The Child (Live)

5. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Live)

6. No More, No More (Live)

7. Preparation (Live)

8. Here Comes The Sun (Live)

9. Fire And Rain (Live)

10. Superman (Live)

11. Dolphins (Live)

12. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen / My Sweet Lord (Live)

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Track List: Sings Beatles and Dylan

1. Here Comes The Sun

2. If Not For You

3. Lay Lady Lay

4. In My Life

5. Strawberry Fields Forever

6. All Along The Watchtower

7. Imagine

8. My Sweet Lord

9. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

10. Eleanor Rigby

11. Just Like A Woman

12. The Long And Winding Road

13. Let It Be

14. License To kill

15. The Times They Are A-Changin'

16. Working Class Hero

17. Rocky Raccoon

18. With A Little Help From My Friends

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Track List: Stonehenge

1. Open Our Eyes

2. Minstrel From Gaul

3. It Could Be The First Day

4. Ring Around The Moon

5. It's All Over Now Baby Blue

6. There's A Hole In The Future

7. I Started A Joke

8. Prayer

9. Tiny Little Blues

10. Shouldn't All The World Be Dancing

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Track List: Mixed Bag

1. High Flyin' Bird

2. I Can't Make It Anymore

3. Morning, Morning

4. Adam

5. Follow

6. Three Day Eternity

7. Sandy

8. Handsome Johnny

9. San Francisco Bay Blues

10. Just Like A Woman

11. Eleanor Rigby

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Saw him at the Folk Fest at strawberry park years ago...ie smelled so good and was very warm ..we miss him so much
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Richie lived around the corner during my childhood days. He wàs my oldest brothers best friend. Saw him every day till he ran off to the Village. Reconnected years later. Saw him at least 3 times a week cause he had an office down the block from my job at Time Life inc. A true cultural icon. My name is Destiny Goldenbright . Richie was my hero. Still is...
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Richie Havens just does a beautiful job on 'Follow'---p e r f e c t presentation . I knew he probably didn't write it so had to wiki it---written by Jerry Merrick---ne v e r heard of him, but wonder why. In the picture dictionary of life, his picture is next to 'soulful voice.'
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I MET Him in Pocatello at ISU ... It Was A Small Venue ... At The College ... In The Mid 70's ...
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That should be "emitted kindness"... . .
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I met him after a concert in St. Augustine, fl. In addition to being a musical genius..... he just eluded kindness.
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I don't know if I should be annoyed with myself that I still get choked up by his passing every time I hear him play and sing. Damn...but I miss him.
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Missing Richie Haves on a fine autumn day with the sun low in the sky..
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I love Richie Havens! He's creative, unique, full of soul, has a strong natural voice, one of a kind style, a renaissance person. Never get tired of his music and style!
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And a Brooklyn old-time shout out for Richie Havens; born in bed-Stuy and grey up there in the 1950s singing doo-wop.
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Never saw anything as dynamic as Richie Havens. A focused riot of sound. Magnificent
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I saw him years ago at First Ave. in Minneapolis. He was brilliant. I always liked his Younger Men Get Older Every Day. I continue to find that true.
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I have a couple of his Greatest Hits CD's, they cover all of his best songs. Good stuff from a unique and original talent.
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Too bad for your mom. She must not have been around for Woodstock
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My mom doesn't like him because he whacked his guitar constantly rather than strumming it.
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I find his version of 'Woodstock' particularly moving--it seems more a melancholy ode to sunken dreams then a celebration of hope...a condensed exposition on utopian dreams in the U.S. Wouldn't have liked it in 1975, but it works now.
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loumurray6
He was one of the greatest. He had his own sound.
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michaelwilso n 7 0 7
I saw him in concert in College Park, Maryland early 1970s before leaving for Southeast Asia. Always loved his music and miss him.
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Brilliance at it's best
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I first heard What About Me on a Quicksilver Messenger Service LP a long time ago. Richie Havens' version, by comparison, sounds like a declaration of war in favor of The Environment.
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What About Me, a song the environmenta l sounds like a declaration of war, as sung by Richie Havens. I first heard Quicksilver Messenger Service's version which doesn't have the same bite,
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Yep, We Won't Get Fooled Again, with Richie Havens reminding us of what's real and what's propaganda.; )
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lauri.dahir
A wonderful story teller- his voice and sound just draws you in. Love this!
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Beautiful, where blues, bluegrass and folk meet
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justshut up with advertizing
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A truly gentle soul and a genuinely good person--hard e r to find this type in popular music these days--or am I just old?...or both?
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The list of like artists needs to be removed, there is no-one like Ritchie Havens.
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Great interpreter of other people's music--not the best of writers. Hard to listen to a CD of 10 songs in a row--he had a limited vocal range--but I'll listen to 3 in a row anytime! On o the few guys who's covers rival te original---J u s t Like a Woman aches.
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mymalachi
saw him live on Boston Common..late 60's love him still
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johnferrara9 8 3
I got to see him live at fox woods great artist great voice will always be missed
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I love this guy still. What a beautiful spirit. I only got to see him live in the early 2000's in Charlottesvi l l e , VA, but will always remember. He was one of a kind.
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A real joy to watch and hear. Seen several times, last seen Appel farm. Great times, I will miss his take on music
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Wonderful artist
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his coverof 'Won't Get Fooled Again' is a gas,love how he used cello to play the organ part.. bet Townsend was pleased.
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I saw him in a number of concerts a few times in the years before he passed. To hear him sing with his mellow voice, and watch him riffing on his guitar with those big hands laden with large rings was amazing. Great story teller too. Loved the Bob Dylan early years and New York growing up stories.
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I saw him in a number of concerts a few times in the years before he passed. To see him sing, and watchi him riffing on his guitar with those big hadns laden with large rings was amazing. Great story teller too. Loved the Bob Dylan early years and New York growing up stories.
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I was honored to see him in a concert in 1970 , it brought tears to the eyes of all
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Wow short shrift for mr havens in the bio! The guy was a giant. Played with a passion that was blistering. As a teen I heard his version of A Very Good Year. It Changed the way I listened to and told stories from then on. It's like a tragic morality play distilled into a few bars. Havens deserves so much more recognition!
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Saw Richie many time from the early 70's, when whe would play the basement coffee shops and College ..until his passing. What an honor. Cant say mor
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My wife and I saw him twice in Charlotte NC and met him after each performance. Had not seen him since the Greenwich Village days, then Woodstock. IT WAS AN AMAZING EMOTIONAL HONOR TO MEET AND HUG HIM. I hope he is happy and living at Maggies Farm.
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I agree about the short Bio....kind of weird??
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I saw Richie at an outdoor concert in St Paul in July '71
Just awesome
so driven, soulful, and sweet
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I can not understand why the article above would be so short. Havens was a huge part of american music history. One of the best writers of his time and a talent that would only once in a life time happen.
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Always felt a close bond to Richie, Even now my heart is aching . But with a thankfulness of the opportunity to have seen him in concert at the Fillmore east.And for the believe that his presence could raise peoples conscience . I can still remember when Richie would get so into his songs that he would break his guitar strings. He is a high old soul. Rest in peace Richie . LLoyd from the Bronx.
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there is another STAR in heaven !! Thank you for your earthly gifts ....
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Had tears well up as I listened to Follow. He was such a gentle yet powerful musician.
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I ran into Richie Havens in the mid seventies waiting for a pizza in some joint in P-Town. He was playing at a gay nite club called Dallas. I asked him for his autograph and then he proceeds to write a poem on the sheet of paper that I gave him. I was vacationing with my family and we all went to see him perform that night. What an experience that my children will never forget by also being entertained by the side shows from the gay patrons. I had to buy the kiddies shots of Coca Cola to keep up
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I saw Richie in concert at Indiana University sometime in the early '70s. It was an outdoor concert in a stadium, and Havens was the headliner, playing after quite a few other groups, including, I think, R.E.O. Speedwagon. It started to rain lightly just before he took the stage, and continued on and off for most of his set. He ended, of course, with Freedom, and as that song neared its end, a full rainbow appeared over the stadium. It was appropriate, magnificent, and very memorable!

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I WAS SAD TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING... IT WAS SUCH A SUDDEN DEPARTURE! HIS MUSIC GAVE SO MUCH TO SO MANY... IF YOU HAVN,T HEARD IT BEFORE, HE DID A GREAT PERFOMANCE IN THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY SHOW - STARLIGHT EXPRESS
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I met him in the early 70's. What a great man and a beautiful soul. He will missed forever, but his music lives on always Rest in Peace you grand man.
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