Woodstock singer Richie Havens dies at 72

Posted: 5:42 PM, Apr 22, 2013
Updated: 2013-04-22 17:47:18-04

richiehaven Folk singer Richie Havens, who opened the Woodstock Festival and became an icon of an era, has died of a heart attack at age 72, Bloomberg News reported.

Haven passed away at his Jersey City home, Bloomberg reported, quoting Tim Drake, president of The Roots Agency, Haven’s booking agency.

“I really sing songs that move me,” he told The Denver Post, the AP reported. “I’m not in show business; I’m in the communications business. That’s what it’s about for me.”

Havens was the first musician to perform at the festival in August 1969.


More later on on Havens’ life and career