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An eloquent, charismatic American singer-songwriter whose body of work spanned four decades, Richie Havens will always be associated with his astonishing performance at the legendary Woodstock Festival in August 1969. Havens skyrocketed to stardom on the back of the subsequent Woodstock movie and later enjoyed a rich and varied career. During his 70s heyday, he appeared in the original stage presentation of The Who’s Tommy and acted alongside trailblazing African-American comedian Richard Pryor in the movie Greased Lightning, while in his later years Havens performed at the 1993 inauguration of American President Bill Clinton and, in 2006, was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame. The eldest of nine children, Richard Pierce ‘Richie’ Havens was born in Brooklyn, the most populous of New York’s five boroughs, on 21 January 1941. He was of Blackfoot Native Indian descent on his father’s side and of the British West Indies on his mother’s, and the Havens family lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant (known locally as simply “Bed-Stuy”), a neighbourhood in the north central portion of Brooklyn.
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Mixed Bag

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Dreaming As One (The A&M Years)

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Live At The Cellar Door

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Cuts To The Chase

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Connections

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The Mixed Bag For Kids Vol. 2

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