As a guitarist I have been greatly influenced by Havens’ guitar playing style and the wonderful sound of his music. His voice resonates in a profound way and his energy is captivating. I was fortunate to see him in concert many times over the years, and I am grateful for those memories.
His albums are special, particularly his earliest ones like “Mixed Bag” and others in the late 60s and early 70s.
I always imagined that I could produce a TV concert that would team Richie Havens with Joni Mitchell but I guess that will have to wait. I encourage everyone to listen to his popular hits such as “Sandy” “I Can’t Make It Anymore” “High Flyin’ Bird” or “Here Comes the Sun” and soooooo many others.
“Sandy” is probably my all-time favorite of his tunes, I have a great love song, although it probably wasn’t one of his biggest hits.
“Follow” is another great one by Richie.