We here at Muruch were very sad to hear of Richie Havens‘ death from a heart attack earlier this week at the age of 72. The legendary folk singer – best known for opening the original Woodstock festival – had one of the most distinctive and lovely voices in all of music history.
I wrote an extensive post about Richie Havens back in 2006, having become somewhat obsessed with him after seeing him perform on PBS’ Carry It On: A Musical Legacy and reading his biography They Can’t Hide Us Anymore, so I won’t rehash the details here. I especially loved his song “The Great Mandala (The Wheel Of Life),” which was featured on his 2008 album, Nobody Left to Crown.
You can hear that album’s title track at Mountain Stage’s Song of the Week, and this week’s radio episode of Mountain Stage will feature a live performance by Havens’ from 1995.