The Beatles Cover Song of the Day is “Here Comes The Sun by Richie Havens. The a few evenings ago Turner Classic Movies had played the four hour “Woodstock- The Director’s Cut”- I have seen this documentary at least a half dozen times but I had to watch again for a few reasons- mainly the anniversary is coming up and also I have been writing this year about 1969. I have been asked throughout my life a number of times-probably because I am such a music fan -“Were You at Woodstock?”- NO! I was only eight years old at the time. I always add this- if I were 18 or 25 or whatever age where I could have gone I wouldn’t have. I would have had serious problems being among that many people. Big crowds make me feel claustrophobic. Back to Woodstock. The first performer I think of when I hear Woodstock is Richie Havens. He was the first performer at the concert and he rose to the occasion and gave an electric performance. It was a career maker. He made a living the rest of his life from his appearance at the festival. I have mentioned this before about Havens but I will mention it again. I have a friend who over the past two decades has organized concerts at local schools where he has taught. I’ve talked with him about the acts he’s worked with- and I asked him “Who was the nicest person you worked with as far as an act? He said most of them were decent folks but the one who stood out as far as being the friendliest and most cooperative was Richie Havens. He also said Richie was a very humble man.
Richie Havens covered a number of Beatles songs and did them all well- putting his Richie Havens stamp on them. My favorite Beatles cover by Richie is of one of my favorite Beatles songs- George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun” off of Abbey Road. I wouldn’t say I prefer Richie’s version over the original but I do love it and the energy he brings to it. Haven’s single of “Here Comes The Sun” went to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100-his only hit.