I was so sad to hear about the death of Richie Havens. While I never had any of his albums, his version of the Beatles song, Here Comes the Sun is original and funky and is one of the rare cases (for me) where the cover is just as good as the original. He totally made it his own. I remember him from Woodstock (the film and soundtrack - I was only 12 when the concert took place). He opened the concert and did several Beatles numbers that day.
I hadn't thought of including Richie Havens or this tune in my month long list of favorites, but when I heard of his passing it felt right. I'll include a live version done in 1974. I was a junior in high school. This is such a time capsule. The lyrics are the Beatles, but I'm pretty sure Richie Havens never played it the same way twice.