Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy birthday, Richie Havens

Richie Havens is 69 years old today. Happy birthday, Richie!

I've spent some time today going through some of the YouTube videos featuring this unique artist. His greatest time on the pop music charts was in the aftermath of the Woodstock Festival in 1969. He did some great Beatles covers...and I've got two of them here. He also did a dramatic version of "High Flying Bird" on BBC television in 1969.

Havens is still performing and still as relevant as ever. Thanks to Richie for all the wonderful music. He put his own spin on songs and turned them into his own. I wish I had a decent video of Dylan's "Just Like A Woman," which I think is my absolute favorite. But I love anything he does, really.

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