Gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, Richie Havens has a soulful singing style that remains as unique and ageless as when he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. It’s a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993 – coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, “A Day In The Garden”, in 1999.
It was Richie’s reputation as a live performer that first earned him widespread notice. His Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in Richie’s career. As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd spellbound for nearly three hours, called back for encore after encore.
During the 80s and 90s, Richie continued a non-stop world touring schedule and a steady release of albums. The release of 1993’s Resume, The Best Of Richie Havens (Rhino) was a long overdue collection of his seminal late 60s and early 70s recordings.
In 2003, The National Music Council awarded Richie the American Eagle Award for his place as part of America’s musical heritage, and for providing “a rare and inspiring voice of eloquence, integrity and social responsibility.”