Richie Havens was born on January 21, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard Pierce Havens. He died on April 22, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
"I opened the Woodstock Festival even though I was supposed to be fifth. I said, "What am I doing here? No, no, not me, not first!" I had to go on stage because there was no one else to go on first - the concert was already two-and-a-half hours late. Everyone was at the hotel seven miles away and couldn't get to the stage because the one back road they thought they could take was completely blocked. I was alone on stage for two-and-a-half hours before any of the other performers came!
I really sing songs that move me. I'm not in show business. I'm in the communications business. That's what it's for me."