Woodstock Icon Richie Havens Dead at 72

(Classic Rock) Folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens has died at the age of 72 after suffering a heart attack, his family have confirmed.

He became a cultural icon in 1969 when he was the first artist to perform at the Woodstock festival, playing for nearly three hours because later acts failed to turn up.

Havens' first album was released in 1965 and he broke through with his third release, Mixed Bag, in 1967. He was noted for his heavy rhythmic style of playing guitar. Nobody Left To Crown, his last record, came out in 2008.

He'd been unwell since undergoing kidney surgery in 2010. More including video of his Woodstock performance.

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