Richie Havens Mixed Bag

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Richie Havens Mixed Bag

Richie Havens' Mixed Bag album truly is a treasure. Richie had one of the great voices in American music, one that is as instantly recognizable from the first note. And with that great voice, he can take any song and make it his own. Mixed Bag is what it says it is; an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, R&B, and gentle ballads. Oh and every song is. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Mixed Bag II - Richie Havens on AllMusic - 1974. Mixed Bag is Richie Havens recording debut from 1967 and it's wonderful. His voice is somewhere between classic soul and urban folk.raw and full of emotion. I especially like his take on The Beatle's - Eleanor Rigby and Bob Dylan's - Just Like a Woman. I remember seeing him circa 1999 at a small restaurant/pub in upstate NY.

In late 1966, Verve Records released Richie Haven’s Mixed Bag.

Now it was the autumn of 1967. New York City’s WNEW-FM was evolving. I was discovering the difference between the little records with little holes and the big records with little holes and also discovering ‘NEW.

It had become a daily part of my listening life.

Among the many new artists I heard was Richie Havens. Not rock, but a different folk, if that was it. I bought Mixed Bag on November 1, 1967. I know that because in my compulsive way of documenting things, I always put the date of purchase on my albums.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag


I suppose the first thing I noticed was his voice. Deep, sincere, and somehow personal. My stereo system was not that. It was a record player that did best with ’45s despite my figuring out how to hook up a couple of external speakers (set inside purloined wooden milk crates).

I delivered the afternoon paper to a young couple and that fall they asked me if I’d like to babysit. They promised all I’d have to do was sit since the baby would be asleep by the time I arrived.

They also offered the use of their actual and very nice stereo system.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag


So an evening a week I’d walk down the block with a text book and Mixed Bag under my arm. Chips were on their kitchen table, sodas in the ‘fridge, a dial phone on the wall, and that stereo system in the living room

I was hooked on all, but will admit that I spent more time with the soda, chips, phone, and system than the text.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag

High Flyin’ Bird

In my chronic full-fevered teenage angst was the feeling that the world was against me. When I heard Richie sing that he had those sit-down-can–can’t-cry-Oh-Lord-gonna-die-blues, I knewwhat he meant.

Of course, this white privileged suburban kid had no idea what he meant–but rectitude trumped reality.

And hearing Richie say that he couldn’t make it anymore added to my sophomoric certainty.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag

Morning, Morning

My preferred musical pigeon hole was rock and roll, but I was also in love with Joyce Capone and our phone calls were filled with sincere sentimentalities.

My English teachers had taught me to look beyond the text and see meanings in structure and symbolism. Listening to “Morning, Morning” I discovered how the song’s lyrics brought me from that morning to the late night when: Argentinos juniorsempty spaces the blog.

Starshine, starshine
Chills the moon upon my cheek
Starshine, starshine
Darling kiss me as I leave

Darling kiss me as I leave? When please!

Richie Havens Mixed Bag


Surprisingly, this lifetime Catholic school kid didn’t get Adam. This kid thought it was just some guy Adam having a hard time. Progress is not continuous.

As for “Follow” I’m not sure I understood it any more than Adam, but the melody’s beauty mesmerized me. The song is a great example for the album’s title of Mixed Bag.

The musicians (and my my my what great musicians they are–see below), are all there. No one is hidden, but no one stars. Richie’s voice could have done the job solo–remember he did grow up doing doo-wop on Brooklyn street corners.

Such beauty throughout.

Let the river rock you like a cradle
Climb to the treetops, child, if you’re able
Let your hands tie a knot across the table.
Come and touch the things you cannot feel.

Then don’t mind me ‘cos I ain’t nothin’ but a dream.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag

33s not 45s

Follow completed Side 1. Those were the days of sides and album-listeners knew each side’s progress. We knew when to sit, when to flip.

Lingering in the mood of Follow, I’d make that phone call.

Three Day Eternity opened Side 2. Richie’s voice continued to caress and with that phone call just ended I listened, “As we both walk and we laugh.”

Richie Havens Mixed Bag

Sandy > Handsome Johnny

I liked singing along to Sandy. I knew no Sandy and I had no voice, but I imagined I could harmonize with Richie.

I didn’t know who Danny Glover was. I did know that I was beginning to think the Vietnam War was a mistake and using that aforementioned realization of structure, realized while listening to Richie and Danny’s composition that American wars were not individual occurrences, but a pattern. A seemingly conscious pattern on the part of leaders.

And I was always embarrassed to find myself not listening at exactly the time that Richie said I wasn’t.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag

San Francisco Bay Blues


I was unfamiliar with jazz. I had no idea that the Vatican of jazz–Van Gelder Studios–was only four miles away and that I’d passed the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced building dozen of times.

San Francisco Bay Blues was one of my first jazz songs–in the sense that while I’d likely heard jazz before, those songs hadn’t been part of my listening. Someone else was listening and I was a bystander.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag

Good artists copy; great artists steal

I’d have to say that Richie Havens neither copied nor stole. Of course on Mixed Bag the last two songs, Just Like a Woman and Elenor Rigby are someone else’s, just as six of the previous eight songs were.

Somehow, though, Richie’s Havens-ness transformed songs, metamorphosed them to something new (ironically the title of his second album).

To listen to Richie do Dylan’s Just Like a Woman or McCartney’s Eleanor Rigby is to discover beauty anew.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag


Besides Dylan and McCartney, who else inspired Richie Havens?

  • Billy Edd Wheeler composed High Flyin’ Bird. Wikipedia saysOf the many songs he wrote, perhaps songs “Jackson” — a Grammy award winner for Johnny Cash and June Carter — is his best know. that more than 160 artists have covered his songs.
  • Gorden Lightfoot composed I Can’t Make It Anymore. If you know the music of the 60s and 70s, Lightfoot’s name is well-known. His hits include: “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970), “Sundown” (1974); “Carefree Highway” (1974), “Rainy Day People” (1975), and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976).
  • Tuli Kepferberg wrote “Morning, Morning.” While Tuli may not be as well-known a name, his band, The Fugs, is. It is said that Tuli’s jump from the Manhattan Bridge inspired Alan Ginsbert’s Howl character who ““who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown soup alleyways & firetrucks, not even one free beer.”
  • Jerry Merrick wrote Follow. His name is not as well-known, because along the way Merrick decided to emphasize family over music and according to his , “sequestered in his remote Florida retreat where he and his wofe of 35 years devoted themselves to raising three daughters and as son” . Having said that, others as well known as Havens have covered his songs. Others such as Jerry Jeff Walked, Kenny Rankin, and B J Thomas.
  • Jean Pierre Cousineau wrote Sandy. I cannot find much about Cousineau. He may have been Canadian only recently died on May 19, 2018. He may also have been a cinematographer for the 1989 movie The Tell Tale Heart.

Finally, Jesse Fuller wrote San Francisco Bay Blues. It is his best-known song. He was already 70 when Haven’s recorded it in 1966. He performed as a one-man band and invented the fotdella–a foot-operated string bass musical instrument–to help his street performances.

Richie Havens Mixed Bag

Session musicians

For those of us who grew up staring at both sides of an album’s cardboard cover, the musicians who backed Haven’s on Mixed Bag are familiar ones.

Paul Harris was a keyboardist on many 1960s, 70s, and 80s albums including some by Stephen Stills, B. B. King, Judy Collins, Al Kooper, Eric Andersen, Rick Derringer, Nick Drake, John Sebastian, John Mellencamp, Joe Walsh, Seals & Crofts, Bob Seger and Dan Fogelberg.

In the 1970s he was a member of Stephen Stills’ band Manassas and later the Souther Hillman Furay Band. [AllMusic credit listing]

Harvey Brooks is an equally present bassist during that time. Bruce Eder in AllMusic states: New York-born musician Harvey Brooks has played on enough seminal recordings for any three careers, and, apart from being one of the more renowned bass players in popular music and jazz over the last four decades of the 20th century, was also folk-rock’s first electric bass player of any major note.

You’ll need a comfortable chair to peruse his credit list.

Born in Paterson, NJ, Bill LaVorgna on drums has an impressive credit list as well. He became best know as the musical director for Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. He died on July 31, 2007.

Howard Collins was another lifetime sessions musician whose path crossed many artists and places. He died on July 10, 2015.

Joe Price only played on one song (Adamcredit list) and I cannot find very much about his life other than AllMusic’s . Thank you AGAIN All Music.

Though Paul ‘Dino’ Williams only played on one song (Follow), he had a long relationship playing alongside Richie for years, including on the stage at Woodstock.

Finally, I have to point out two other names. Felix Pappalardi and Bruce Langhorne.

Pappalardi is the better-known name because of his association with Cream and Mountain, but the musician Langhorne–Mr Tambourine Man–is a jewel awaiting discovery. Please do so!

And listen to Mixed Bag today!

Richie Havens Mixed Bag

From: Whitesville, WV, USA

Richard Pierce “Richie” Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American folk singer and guitarist. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Early life

Born in Brooklyn, Havens was the eldest of nine children. At an early age, he began organizing his neighborhood friends into street corner doo-wop groups and was performing with The McCrea Gospel Singers at 16.

Early career


At age 20, Havens left Brooklyn, seeking artistic stimulation in Greenwich Village. “I saw the Village as a place to escape to, in order to express yourself”, he recalled. “I had first gone there during the Beatnik days of the 1950s to perform poetry, then I drew portraits for two years and stayed up all night listening to folk music in the clubs. It took a while before I thought of picking up a guitar.”

Havens’ reputation as a solo performer soon spread beyond the Village folk circles. After cutting two records for Douglas Records, he signed on with Bob Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, and landed a record deal with the Verve Forecast label. Verve released Mixed Bag in 1967, which featured tracks such as “Handsome Johnny” (co-written by Havens and future Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr.), “Follow”, and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman”.
Pre-Woodstock rise

By 1969, Havens had released five more albums. Something Else Again (1968) became his first album to hit the Billboard chart and also pulled Mixed Bag back onto the charts. Two of those albums were unauthorized “exploitation albums” released by Douglas Records (or Douglas International): Electric Havens (released June 01, 1968) and Richie Havens Record (1969):

This [Electric Havens] was one of two albums (the other being The Richie Havens Record) comprised of overdubbed solo demos, probably from sometime between 1963-1965, that Havens had done prior to recording for Verve and making his official recording debut. In the late ’60s, as Havens rose to stardom, producer Alan Douglas took the original solo demos and overdubbed them with electric instruments. The albums were pulled from circulation and are hard to find today. The eight-song set is oriented toward the kind of traditional material that he was likely doing in clubs around that time, such as “Oxford Town”, “C. C. Rider”, and “900 Miles From Home” as well as an early Dylan cover, “Boots & Spanish Leather”.

Woodstock: opening act

Havens’ reputation as a live performer earned him widespread notice. His Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in his career. As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd for nearly three hours (in part because he was told to perform a lengthy set because many artists were delayed in reaching the festival location), and he was called back for several encores. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual “Motherless Child” that became “Freedom”. The subsequent Woodstock movie release helped Havens reach a worldwide audience. He also appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival in late August 1969.

Following the success of his Woodstock performance, Havens started his own record label, Stormy Forest, and released Stonehenge in 1970. Later that year came Alarm Clock, which included the George Harrison penned hit single, “Here Comes the Sun”. This was Havens’ first album to reach Billboard’s Top 30 Chart. Stormy Forest went on to release four more of his albums: The Great Blind Degree (1971), Live On Stage (1972), Portfolio (1973), and Mixed Bag II (1974). Memorable television appearances included performances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. On the latter program, the audience reacted with such enthusiasm that when the applause continued even after the commercial break, Carson asked Havens to return the following night.

Havens also branched out into acting during the 1970s. He was featured in the original 1972 stage presentation of The Who’s Tommy, and appeared as Othello in the 1974 film Catch My Soul. He also appeared in Greased Lightning alongside Richard Pryor in 1977. In 1987, he landed a role in the Bob Dylan vehicle Hearts of Fire.

Havens increasingly devoted his energies to educating young people about ecological issues. In the mid-1970s, he co-founded the Northwind Undersea Institute, an oceanographic children’s museum on City Island in the Bronx. That, in turn, led to the creation of the Natural Guard, an organization Havens describes as “a way of helping kids learn that they can have a hands-on role in affecting the environment. Children study the land, water, and air in their own communities and see how they can make positive changes from something as simple as planting a garden in an abandoned lot.”


During the 1980s and 1990s, Havens continued a world touring schedule and a steady release of albums. The release of the 1993 Resume, The Best Of Richie Havens Rhino collected his late 1960s and early 1970s recordings. In 1982, Havens composed and performed a promotional slogan for NBC’s 1982-83 television season entitled, We’re NBC, Just Watch Us Now. He also performed slogans for CBS and ABC, and recorded commercials for Amtrak, singing the slogan “There’s something about a train that’s magic.” Havens also has done corporate commercial work for Maxwell House Coffee as well as singing “The Fabric of Our Lives” theme for the cotton industry.

In 1993, Havens performed at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Among the selections was the “Cotton” song, made famous by a series of television ads in the early 1990s. In 1999, Havens played at the Tibetan Freedom Concert for an audience of more than 100,000.

Havens also played a small role as a character named Daze in a 1990 film named Street Hunter starring John Leguizamo.

Havens was the twentieth living recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, presented in Sherborn, Massachusetts, on April 12, 1991.

In addition to performing at charity benefit concerts, Havens formed the Northwind Undersea Institute, an oceanographic children’s museum on City Island in The Bronx. The museum led to the creation of The Natural Guard, an organization that educates children about the environment.


In 2000, Havens teamed with the electronic music duo Groove Armada for the retro 1970s-style song, “Hands of Time”. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the film Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx; the same song was also used in the films Domino starring Keira Knightley, and Tell No One with François Cluzet. Havens was also featured on “Little By Little” and “Healing” on the band’s third album, Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub).

In 2000, Havens published They Can’t Hide Us Anymore, an autobiography co-written with Steve Davidowitz. He maintained his status as a folk icon and continued to tour. In 2002, he released Wishing Well, followed by the 2004 album Grace of the Sun.

In 2003, the National Music Council awarded Havens the American Eagle Award for his place as part of America’s musical heritage and for providing “a rare and inspiring voice of eloquence, integrity and social responsibility.”

On October 15, 2006, Havens was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

In 2007, Havens appeared as “Old Man Arvin” in the Todd Haynes film I’m Not There. In a classic front-porch jam scene, he is shown singing the Bob Dylan song “Tombstone Blues” with Marcus Carl Franklin and Tyrone Benskin. Havens’ version of the song also appears on the I’m Not There soundtrack.

Havens was invited to perform at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. He played “Freedom” in tribute to his fan and jury president, Sean Penn. He also performed at the London, Ontario, Blues Festival in July 2008.

In March 2008, Havens released a new studio album entitled, Nobody Left To Crown. The first single release was country-tinged “The Key”.

Havens appeared in the acclaimed 2009 film Soundtrack for a Revolution, which provided a general history of the modern Civil Rights Movement, and had modern artists performing many of the era’s musical classics. In the film, Havens performed a haunting rendition of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”.

On May 3, 2009, Havens performed at the fundraising concert in honor of Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday. In June 2009, he performed at the fifth annual Mountain Jam Festival. The event, hosted by Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, was held at the Hunter Mountain Ski Resort in Hunter, New York. As is the tradition, the festival took place on the weekend following Memorial Day. On June 20, 2009, Havens performed at the Clearwater Festival. On July 4, 2009, he performed at the Woodstock Tribute festival in Ramsey, New Jersey. On August 8, 2010, he performed at Musikfest 2010 at Foy Hall at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

On March 20, 2012, Havens announced on his Facebook page that he would stop touring after 45 years due to health concerns. On April 22, 2013, Havens died of a heart attack at home in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was 72. ~ Wikipedia

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Richie Havens Mixed Bag Full Album

From the 1967 album Mixed Bag

Richie Havens Mixed Bag Album

  • High Flying Bird

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From the 1969 album Richard P. Havens, 1983

Richie Havens Mixed Bag Album Cover

  • Strawberry Fields Forever

Richie Havens Mixed Bag Allmusic

From the 1970 album Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

  • Freedom

From the 1970 album Alarm Clock

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  • Here Comes The Sun