Recently we’ve said farewell to three men who were a part of the 70s music scene; this week we pay tribute to them.
Richie Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013)
In all that time the closest Richie ever came to having a hit record was in 1971 when his version of The Beatles, Here Comes The Sun peaked at #16 on the American singles chart. He also released covers of Lady Madonna and 10CC’s, I’m Not in Love.
Although never mainstream, Richie was a greatly respected singer-songwriter and guitarist with a unique rhythmic guitar style.
His best known original song was Freedom—a song that came about by accident. He was the first performer at Woodstock and performed for almost three hours—mainly because many of the acts scheduled to perform after him were delayed in reaching the festival location because of traffic chaos. He was called back for several encores and, when he ran out of songs, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual Motherless Child, that improvisation became his well-known song, Freedom.
Richie was an environmental activist and was passionate about educating young people about environmental issues.
Richie stopped touring in March 2012 due to health concerns. He died of a heart attack on April 22, 2013.
Richie Havens – Freedom at Woodstock 1969 – Video
Dave McArtney (5 April 1951 – 15 April 2013)
With Dave on guitar and occasional vocals, Hello Sailor formed in 1975, produced two albums, and disbanded in 1980. They have reformed for the odd concert a number of times since. He was the lead vocalist on Hello Sailor’s iconic hit, Gutter Black.
After Hello Sailor, Dave went solo with Dave McArtney and The Pink Flamingos. A bit of musical whiz, he returned to university as an adult student and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, majoring in Renaissance poetry before completing a Masters of Arts (Music) degree 2013.
Dave had battled cancer for some time and died in his home in Point Chevalier, Auckland on 15 April 2013.
Hello Sailor – Gutter Black – 1977 – Video
Storm Thorgerson (28 February 1944 – 18 April 2013)
He also designed covers for albums by:
- The Cranberries
Bury the Hatchet
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Mr. Love Pants
- Peter Gabriel
…And Then There Were Three…
- David Gilmour
David Gilmour in Concert DVD
Houses of the Holy
In Through the Out Door
- Steve Miller Band
Let Your Hair Down
- Mike Oldfield
- Alan Parsons
Try Anything Once
The Time Machine
A Valid Path
Difficult to Cure
Bent Out of Shape
Pieces of Eight
- Wishbone Ash
No Smoke Without Fire
That’s a pretty impressive list.
Then come his music videos which include:
- Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)
- Rainbow – Street of Dreams
- Robert Plant – Big Log
- Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
- Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
- David Gilmour – Blue Light
All Lovers Are Deranged
Learning to Fly
The Dogs of War
Storm suffered a stroke in 2003. He recovered but was later diagnosed with cancer, which eventually led to his death on 18 April 2013.
Pink Floyd – Learning to Fly – 1987 – video
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