The Spirit of Richie Havens

May Peace & Tranquility Forever Bless Your Spirit Richie.

I have always treasured listening to Richie Havens interpret the songs of Bob Dylan. His heart and voice communicated the exact essence of Dylan’s words with unique reverence. I often wondered what Bob Dylan felt when he heard Richie Havens performing his works. I received my answer yesterday in the NY Times Richie Havens Obituary.

Mr. Havens played many songs written by Mr. Dylan, and he spent three days learning his epic “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” A man who heard him practicing it stopped him on the stairs as he headed for the dressing room of a nightclub, and told him it was the best he’d ever heard the song sung.

“That’s how I first met Bob Dylan,” Mr. Havens said.


Performed at the tribute to Bob Dylan concert…

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