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Richie Havens (1941-2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. As a performer, he straddled the genres of folk, soul, and rhythm & blues. Born Richard Pierce Havens in Brooklyn, he was known for his intense strumming and singing styles and rose to fame in the late 1960s. In 1969, he performed at the Woodstock Festival in upstate New York, which greatly increased his popularity. His most notable songs include "Freedom" and a cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun". He was also an activist and especially supported the causes of Native American rights and ecological/environmental issues.