Sad to hear of the passing of Richie Havens, one of the most dynamic, interesting performers at Woodstock and a great example of what I refer to as a 'musical stylist' with a big heart and a deep soul.
He really sounded like nobody but himself but had the energy and drive to make other artists songs all his own. For me, his renderings of "Here Comes The Sun", "Just Like A Woman" and "Tombstone Blues" are definitive covers, and there were so many more.
His partially improvised "Freedom" at Woodstock is well-known and rightfully so. A powerful message at a distinctly powerful moment for a generation. It just never gets old for me. I have a few bootlegs of his concerts (including his full set at Woodstock) and his magnetism on stage was undeniable. As he once said, 'all music is folk music'.