Richie Havens is dead at 72 of a sudden heart attack.

He began his career in the New York City folk scene, then signed a record deal with Bob Dylan's Manager, before appearing as the opening act at 1969s Woodstock Festival, where his "Freedom" performance was considered by many to be one of the greatest highlights of the show.

After the movie release of the event at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, Havens immediately reached ramming speed with his incredibly distinctive guitar style. 

His career spanned four decades, but surprisingly, Havens biggest hit to date was a  cover of the Beatles' "Her Comes The Sun", which he recorded in '71, and it slowly became a top twenty hit.

Havens had a brief acting stint as well, in '77's Greased Lighting with Richard Pryor, and in '87 in the film Hearts on Fire.