Richie Havens

A soulful-voiced figure on the rock and folk scenes for more than five decades, Richie Havens rose to worldwide fame with a stirring appearance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, which led to a lengthy career as a ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (39)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 (Movie)

("Hands Of Time") (Song)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

("Freedom") (Song)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

("Freedom") (Song Performer)

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

("Hands Of Time") (Song)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

("Handsome Johnny") (Song)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

("Handsome Johnny") (Song Performer)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

("Tombstone Blues") (Song Performer)

The Condemned 2007 (Movie)

("Hands of Time") (Song)

The Hoax 2007 (Movie)

("Here Comes the Sun") (Song Performer)

The Pursuit of Happyness 2006 (Movie)

("Morning, Morning") (Song Performer)

A Lot Like Love 2005 (Movie)

("Hands of Time") (Song)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

("Hands Of Time") (Song)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

("Hands Of Time") (Song Performer)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

Spun 2003 (Movie)

("Freedom") (Song)

Dominoes: A Portrait of a Decade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Steal This Movie 2000 (Movie)

("Follow") (Song)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

("Freedom") (Song Performer)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Hideous Kinky 1999 (Movie)

("Here Comes the Sun" "Follow") (Song Performer)

Flying Blind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

("Fear, Hate, Envy, Jealousy") (Song Performer)

Navy Seals 1990 (Movie)

("Hardline") (Song Performer)

Homer and Eddie 1989 (Movie)

("Home" "Livin' in the Jungle" "Bad Seed") (Song Performer)

Speed Zone 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Speed Zone 1989 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Wired 1989 (Movie)

("Still Looking For a Way to Say Goodbye") (Song Performer)

Folk/Rock Crossroads 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Children of Pride 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

Children of Pride 1982 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

("Follow") (Song Performer)

Citizens Band 1977 (Movie)

("I'm Not in Love") (Song Performer)

Greased Lightning 1977 (Movie)

("All Come True") (Song Performer)

Ali the Man: Ali the Fighter 1974 (Movie)

(Performer)

Catch My Soul 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Ciao! Manhattan 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Woodstock 1970 (Movie)

("Going to the War" "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child") (Song Performer)

The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (30)

Glastonbury 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

Old Man Arvin (Actor)

The Empire in Africa 2006 (Movie)

(Narrator)

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Free Tibet 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Let's Make Sure Everybody Eats '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter, Paul & Mary: Lifelines 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Troubadours of Folk Music 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Edition 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

New Orleans Live! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to Harry Chapin 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

Pepper Ward (Actor)

Street Hunter 1990 (Movie)

Daze (Actor)

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Folk/Rock Crossroads 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A Matter of Struggle 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Greased Lightning 1977 (Movie)

Woodrow (Actor)

The Boss' Son 1977 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Catch My Soul 1972 (Movie)

Othello (Actor)

The Bobbie Gentry Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Special Gentry One 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Woodstock 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Perfect Harmony (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A soulful-voiced figure on the rock and folk scenes for more than five decades, Richie Havens rose to worldwide fame with a stirring appearance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, which led to a lengthy career as a recording and touring act. He started out as part of the Greenwich Village folk circuit in the early 1960s, where he slowly built a following with his earthy voice and passionate renditions of songs by the Beatles and Bob Dylan, as well as original material. After recording for Jimi Hendrix producer Alan Douglas and later the Verve label, Havens gave an extraordinary opening performance at Woodstock, where he improvised the stirring song "Freedom," introducing him to international audiences and establishing him as a popular live act. He also scored the occasional radio hit, most notably a cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" that reached No. 16 on the Billboard 200 in 1970. Though he was unable to maintain his footing on the pop charts, Havens continued to record and tour for the next three decades, while also contributing songs to television advertisements, acting in several feature films, and working on various environmental causes. Havens remained a symbol of the Aquarian ideals proposed at Woodstock through his powerful voice and commitment to enlightening and uplifting people through music, even after his death in 2013.

Milestones

2007

Appeared in the Bob Dylan-inspired film "I'm Not There" by Todd Haynes

2002

Released the comeback album Wishing Well

1993

Performed at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton

1977

Had a supporting role in the Richard Pryor movie "Greased Lighning"

1974

Starred as Othello in the film of the Shakespeare adaptation "Catch My Soul"

1969

Released the hit album Alarm Clock

1968

Appeared as the opening act at Woodstock and improvised "Freedom" on the spot

1967

Signed to the Verve label and released Mixed Bag

Known for such albums as "Mixed Bag" and "Sings Beatles & Dylan"

Popular songs include "Freedom" and "Follow".

Bonus Trivia

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Greenwich Village fixture Fred Neil encouraged Havens to learn to play guitar and become a folk performer.

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Havens made up "Freedom" as a riff on "Motherless Child" to buy time for other Woodstock performers to arrive.

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Havens appeared in the much-maligned 1987 Bob Dylan movie "Hearts of Fire."

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Havens worked with the electronic act Groove Armada on multiple occasions, notably contributing to songs on the act's 2001 album, Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub).

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Bob Dylan has cited Havens' cover of his song "A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall" as one of his favorite renditions.

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