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Richie Havens was an American folk singer who opened the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and covered numerous pop and folk songs over his long career.
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While Havens never again achieved the kind of popularity he experienced in the immediate aftermath of Woodstock, his career has proved to be enduring. Over his long career, Havens was a steady touring musician, producing a number of studio and live albums. In 2008, he released his 21st studio album, Nobody Left to Crown.
"I really sing songs that move me. I'm not in show business,
" Havens once said of his career. "I'm in the communications business. That's what it's about for me."
Richie Havens died of a heart attack on April 22, 2013, at the age of 72. According to media reports, a public memorial for Havens will be announced at a later date. More information can be found at Havens's official website.
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