Personalities | Richie Havens | Sixties | Rock
(Guitar, vocals, b. 1941)
His Brooklyn busker’s bark and percussive fretboard style was a familiar sound in New York folk clubs in the mid-1960s, mingling a minority of self-compositions with idiosyncratic arrangements of Bob Dylan, Lennon-McCartney, Gordon Lightfoot and other contemporary songwriters. 1967’s Mixed Bag was the vehicle of an international breakthrough that rebounded on the US with a compelling late-night performance at Woodstock and a Top 20 hit in 1971 with a revival of The Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’.
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