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Pete Townshend – The Who – just turned 73 – born 19th May 1945

The Who
The Who at East Afton 1970

Pete Townshend, seen here on guitar for The Who at the Isle of Wight Music Festival 1970, is a talented self-taught musician who also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion,harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums – as well as being the main songwriter!

He was born 19th May 1945 in Chiswick, Middlesex.

 

Richie Havens – born 21st January 1941, died 22nd April 2013

Richie Havens
Richie Havens and the crowd preparing to welcome the sunrise

22nd April 2018 sadly marks the 5th anniversary of the passing of Richie Havens.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Richie commenced bringing his intensely rythmic style of guitar playing to the public in 1965 and really sprang to fame following his opening performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

This had a huge personal impact on Richie and at his own request his ashes were scattered at the Woodstock site after his death at home from a heart attack following earlier kidney surgery.

John Weider – Family – 71 this week – born 21st April 1947

Family
Family featuring John Weider (guitar)

Family on stage at Afton 1970.

John Weider, playing bass guitar, is seen in the background wearing the yellow vest.

John, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush, London also plays guitar and violin and has featured with several bands as well as Family – amongst them are Eric Burdon and the Animals; and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.