OT: RIP Folk Legend Richie Havens

OT: RIP Folk Legend Richie Havens

Submitted by chatster on April 23rd, 2013 at 7:10 AM

The folk-rock band Sweetwater was the scheduled opening act for Woodstock ‘69, but they were stuck in traffic on the way to the festival, so, as has been reported elsewhere,

Richie Havens had been among the first to arrive at the performers’ staging area in nearby Liberty, New York. As the afternoon wore on and the crowd, estimated at 500,000 people, waited for the show to begin, concert organizers persuaded Havens, along with his guitarist, Paul Williams, and his drummer, Daniel Ben Zebulon, to squeeze into a helicopter with their two conga drums and two guitars for the quick ride to the festival stage.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-22/richie-havens-who-opened-woodstock-music-festival-dies-at-72.html

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