Richie Havens, one of my generation’s iconic folk singers and guitarists. The photo shows me meeting him after a performance a few years ago at the Towne Crier Café in Pawling, NY, 67 miles north of NYC. Richie was an outstanding performer, perceptive and witty commentator and warm individual, as well as an environmental and peace activist. Listen to his famous improvised medley of "Motherless Child" and "Freedom" at Woodstock, where I first heard him perform and, like thousands of others, was amazed:
Listen to a tribute to Richie Havens on the St. James Infirmary music show, hosted by my good friend Michael Mand.