Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy 68th Birthday Richie Havens

Richie Havens must be best known for being the opening act at Woodstock in 1969. His anti-war saong Handsome Johnny was certainly a show stopper. I was introduced to his music by the late Murray the K when he was on WOR-FM before the Drake format. Pete Fornatale certainly played plenty of his music on WNEW-FM, K-Rock and WFUV.

Today, Lee put Richie Havens sings Dylan and the Beatles on the CD player during Jeopardy. My favorite CD of his is Mixed Bag which lent its name to Pete's radio shows on the 3 stations. Richie also appeared in the Dylan biopic I'm Not There as he sang Tombstone Blues. My favorite Havens song is his cover of Dylan's Just Like a Woman which he sang at the Bobfest in 1992.

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