Many artists you research today will say one of their biggest musical influences was Richie Havens. Even artists not born yet will find themselves influenced by his music as well.Richie passed away in April at the young age of 72 in Jersey City, N.J., from the effects of a heart attack.

"One of the nicest most generous and pure individuals I have ever met" Stephen Stills

His producer named Joe Henry stated of Richie, "a heroic and generous spirit; a most singular spirit;a most singular artist. He changed me. He changed you, know it or not."

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Richie Havens, "Freedom/Motherless Child":