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Richie Havens

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by Richie Havens

Biography

Richard Pierce Havens, 21 January 1941, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Havens’ professional singing career began at the age of 14 as a member of the McCrea Gospel Singers. By 1962 he was a popular figure on the Greenwich Village folk circuit with regular appearances at the Cafe Wha?, Gerdes, and The Fat Black Pussycat. Havens quickly developed a distinctive playing style, tuning his guitar to the open E chord which in turn inspired an insistent percussive... Read more

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folk
singer-songwriter
acoustic
classic rock
rock
woodstock
folk rock
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