Three of the best… R.I.P.

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)

Richie HavensRichie Havens had been around almost forever. He was at Woodstock, performed through the 70s, 80s, 90s, and right up until early 2012.

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)

Dave McArtney 2Readers from outside of New Zealand may not have heard of Dave McArtney, but done this end of the globe he and his fellow Hello Sailor members are rock royalty.

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.

Dave McArtney 1After 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)

Storm ThorgersenDark-side-of-the-moon-Storm ThorgersenStorm Elvin Thorgerson (great name!) was an English graphic designer best known for his iconic album cover work, notably the cover of Pink Floyd’s albums and especially, The Dark Side of the Moon.

He also designed covers for albums by:

  • 10cc

Greatest Hits

Mirror Mirror

  • Audioslave


Technical Ecstasy

  • The Cranberries

Bury the Hatchet

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Mr. Love Pants

  • Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel

  • Genesis

…And Then There Were Three…

  • David Gilmour

About Face

David Gilmour in Concert DVD

Houses of the Holy


In Through the Out Door

  • Steve Miller Band


Let Your Hair Down

  • Muse


  • Mike Oldfield

Earth Moving

  • Alan Parsons

Try Anything Once

On Air

The Time Machine

A Valid Path

  • Powderfinger

Golden Rule

  • Rainbow

Difficult to Cure

Bent Out of Shape

  • Styx

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

The Riddle

Wide Boy

Don Quixote

  • David Gilmour – Blue Light

All Lovers Are Deranged

Learning to Fly

The Dogs of War

High Hopes

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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2 Responses to Three of the best… R.I.P.

  1. Miki says:

    Thanks for remembering these excellent artists sand especially Dave McCartney. . . so sad to lose him far too soon. See this is why atheism seems to make sense . . . sigh. Go well Dave

  2. Greg.K. says:

    He was one of the greats – It may have seemed too soon to us, but he probably crammed about three lifetimes into the years he had!

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