Monday, April 22, 2013

Richie Havens, RIP

Perhaps the greatest, truest, unsung hero of America's original folk-rock scene has died. On October 16, 1992, more than 20 years ago, he appeared onstage at the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration of Bob Dylan, singing Dylan's "Just Like a Woman"--and when I saw it, and heard Havens for the first time, it was a revelation. That night he shared the stage with not just Dylan himself, but Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Band, Neil Young, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Booker T. and the MGs, Chrissie Hynde, Johnny Cash, and even more....and in my uninformed opinion, he outshown every single one of them. RIP.

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