Richie Havens: improvised the anthem ‘Freedom’ on stage. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie Havens, who has died of a heart attack aged 72, is best known for his opening performance at the historic 1969 Woodstock festival. (...)

 Folk musician Richie Havens, who opened the Woodstock music festival in 1963 and performed for three hours, has died of a heart attack in New Jersey. Photograph: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Richie Havens, the American folk singer who opened the 1969 Woodstock musical festival and energised the crowd with his version of (...)

US folk musician Richie Havens reprises his 1969 performance of Freedom at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, in  2009. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

US folk musician Richie Havens, who opened the historic 1969 Woodstock musical festival and energised the crowd with his version of Motherless Chil(...)