R.I.P. Richie Havens

by Elia

Veteran US folk singer Richie Havens, who shot to stardom with his distinctive style at the iconic 1969 Woodstock music festival has died. He was 72.

Havens's frenzied rhythmic strumming and searing vocal delivery on Freedom/Motherless Child mesmerised the crowds at Woodstock, which became a key symbol of 1960s counter-culture explosion.

The African American singer - who was only drafted in at the last minute to open the three-day event because other bands didn't have their equipment ready - later became known for covers of Beatles and other artists' songs.

R.I.P. Richie