Thursday, March 23, 2017

Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots (Week-Off)

Richard Havens‘s music was quite unique, encompassing elements of Rolk, Rhythm And Blues and Soul.
Highly remembered for his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, he managed to get himself fans from both the white and black audiences, eventually teaming back in 2000 with Electronic Music duo Groove Armada on the retro 70’s styled ‘Hands Of Time’.
Taken from his 1979 released ‘Connections’ album, Blues/Rock singer Richie Havens made of this Lamont Dozier‘s classic one of his signature songs, giving it a unique and somehow more energetic feel, featuring former Sly & The Family Stone drummer Andy Nemark, David LeBolt on keyboards (remembered for his collaborations with Billy Joel and David Bowie) and David Woolford on sax.
Ironically, this jewel only got released as a single in Italy and Spain in addition to the UK where it only got issued though as an ultra rare and sought after test pressing. Meanwhile NYC Easy Street label subdivision Week Off also released it as a 12″ by the end of the 80’s. A song given numerous cover versions, from Odyssey to Italian House outfit F.P.I. Project, although retitled ‘Rich In Paradise’.

In 2010, a kidney surgery forced Havens to drastically reduce his performances, before totally stopping from March 2012. He died the year after, on Apr. 22, 2013, of a heart attack in his home in Jersey City, aged 72. Upon his request, his ashes got scattered from a plane over the site of the Woodstock festival, in a ceremony held on Aug. 18, 2013 that marked the 44th anniversary of the last day of the festival…

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