Richie Havens has gone on to whatever is next. I used his version of “Just Like A Woman” when I published this picture by Liz Grilli as the Daily Pic a little while back. I think they work just fine together still as a tiny tribute to this amazing artist.
Just Like A Woman by Richie Havens.
I remember the Berkeley Folk Festival of 1967 on lower Sproul Hall Plaza on the UC Berkeley Campus. It was a sunny afternoon and the mostly unknown folk-singer Richie Havens came on stage and forty-five minutes or so later, after a transcendent set before a completely transfixed audience, left the stage as a bonafide superstar. I can almost remember him singing this song, but I’m afraid it is a little too long ago. I do remember the thunderous ovation he received. And then everybody went and bought his album.
He always shared his guitar tuning and chordings up on his site, so that we could play like him, kind of. He was a kind and generous and beautiful man, music to the core.