Folk- rock legend Richie Havens died on Monday. The Brooklyn-born musician is remembered for opening the 1969 Woodstock Festival with a nearly three-hour performance that included his improvisation of the spiritual "Motherless Child," which became the song "Freedom:"
Havens dabbled in acting in the 1970s, appearing in the stage presentation of The Who's "Tommy" and as Othello in the 1974 film "Catch My Soul." "Greased Lightning," with Richard Pryor and "Hearts of Fire" with fellow folk legend Bob Dylan are also among this credits.
Havens also recorded slogans for CBS and ABC and commercials for Amtrak and Maxwell House Coffee. "The Fabric of Our Lives" theme for the cotton industry is among his most recognizable commercial recordings.
The singer and guitarist stopped touring after 45 years due to health setbacks brought on from complications related to kidney surgery. Richie Havens was 72.