WNYC's Chief Concert Engineer Edward Haber recorded Richie Havens for WNYC and had this recollection.
Richie Havens passed away a few days ago at a relatively young 72, and even just a couple of years ago, when I saw him at (le) Poisson Rouge (on the site of the old Village Gate where he undoubtedly had performed many times), his voice was as strong as ever. On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend 1989, WNYC recorded for broadcast (or was it broadcast live?—I can’t remember almost 24 years later) New Voices in Folk, an almost four hour festival of up and coming folk musicians at the Central Park Bandshell. Tom Rush was the host, and there were performances by the not yet famous Shawn Colvin (her first album came out that year), Greg Brown, and Canadian songwriter Connie Kaldor, among others. But the one surprise performer was even then not a new voice—Richie Havens closed the show with one song. Here’s that 1989 performance of Jackson Browne’s “Lives In The Balance.”