R.I.P. Richard P. Havens
American culture has come to accept that "celebrity deaths" mysteriously always happen in "three's." I clearly recall my parents and relatives saying it back in the late 50's and early 60's when a famous person passed on. Over the past decade or so I've noticed that technology has enabled us to up the ante on this "expire in trio" phenomenon applying it to the individual areas or categories of celebrity. In my particular (or peculiar for that matter) world it has happened again. Scott Miller last week and a pair yesterday... Chrissy Amphlett of Divinyls was the first one in the news and while I'm not a fan (and never want to hear "I Touch Myself" again) they weren't hacks. They were huge in their homeland (Australia) and she had plenty of talent. Like Scott she was way too young at only 53 and certainly didn't have an easy exit... MS and breast cancer which she couldn't be treated for due to the MS. Very sad.
When the passing of Richie Havens reached me I immediately thought of my friend Pete Fornatale, who sadly is also gone and of meeting Mr. Havens once and how kind, genuine, warm and real he was. I've been around some fairly famous people throughout the years and some of them have what can only be described as a glow or aura that goes beyond mere presence in a room or space. Harry Belafonte had it and so did Richie Havens. Richie continued to make some very good records throughout his 40 year career but at a time like this let's visit with some old friends.
4/22/2013 07:10:14 pm
Mike Thanks so much for honoring Richie Havens. He was a favorite of mine from his first album....I look forward to cruising back through his music..in the BASEMENT
4/23/2013 02:20:29 am
Nice, simple write-up. Like you, I met Richie once....such a calm, happy, easy going person. Imagine how nice the world would be if half of it was like him?
4/26/2013 12:18:32 am
Thank you for honoring Richie Havens and his career accomplishments. I met Richie briefly in 1977 and found him to be a friendly, down to earth gentleman. Having been affiliated with folk/rock legend Melanie for thirty plus years, I have heard wonderful stories about Richie, as Melanie had been paired together on so many concert bills. I will always remember his grace and professionalism.
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