Nightly News   |  April 22, 2013

Richie Havens, folk singer, dies at 72

The opening act at the Woodstock festival, Rich Havens’ recognizable, iconic voice could be heard in commercial jingles and, of course, his many albums. The soulful artist grew up singing doo-wop in Brooklyn and released his first album in 1967. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> the great richie havens has died. he'll be forever known as the opening act at woodstock. it wasn't planned that way. some of the other artists were stuck in traffic and half a million people were growing impatient. but after that, we appreciated him for his raw and beautiful musical talent. the oldest of nine kids he grew up singing doo-wop in brooklyn. he leaves us with classics including ad campaigns for cotton and amtrak, among others. he was an actor and an activist and a painter and a guitar playing singer with an iconic voice. the elegant richie havens was 72 years old.