Richie Hayward

Richard "Richie" Hayward (February 6, 1946 – August 12, 2010)[1][2] was an American drummer best known as a founding member and drummer in the band Little Feat. He performed with several bands and worked as a session player. Hayward also joined with friends in some small acting roles on television, which included an episode of F Troop.

Richie Hayward
Little Feat - Richie Hayward in Action
Hayward playing with Little Feat December 31, 2008
Background information
Birth nameRichard Hayward
BornFebruary 6, 1946
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
DiedAugust 12, 2010 (aged 64)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
GenresRock, blues, southern rock, funk, Cajun music, Americana, swamp rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, vocals
Years active1960s–2010
LabelsWarner Bros, Hot Tomato, CMC International
Associated actsThe Factory, Fraternity of Man, Little Feat, The Band, Robert Plant


Hayward first appeared to the public as a member of a band based in Southern California. Before he joined Little Feat he was a member of the groups The Fraternity of Man, and then The Factory, which was where he met the frontman of the band, Lowell George. The Factory portrayed an anachronistic Beatlesque band, the Bedbugs, on the February 9, 1967 episode of the sitcom F Troop.[3]

In addition to his work with Little Feat, Hayward recorded and performed with many other artists including: Joan Armatrading, Delaney Bramlett, Kim Carnes, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, James Cotton, The Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Arlo Guthrie, Al Kooper, Jonny Lang, Barbra Streisand, Eric Lynn, Nils Lofgren, Taj Mahal, Coco Montoya, Robert Palmer, Van Dyke Parks, Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, Nancy Sinatra, Stephen Stills, Tom Waits, John Cale, Warren Zevon, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, and Helen Watson.


Richie Hayward died on August 12, 2010 from complications due to liver cancer.[4] The day after his death Little Feat played a gig at Fairport's Cropredy Convention festival in Cropredy (UK), and spoke of their sadness performing without Hayward.


  1. ^ "Richie Hayward 1946-2010". Modern Drummer. August 13, 2010. Archived from the original on August 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  2. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2010 July to December". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  3. ^ Sweeting, Adam (August 13, 2010). "Richie Hayward Obituary". Guardian UK. London: Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  4. ^ "Richie Hayward". Retrieved 2016-06-27.

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Barnstormin' Live

Barnstormin' Live is a Little Feat live performance that was first released as two single CD albums, Volume One and Volume Two, in early and late 2005. It was then reissued as a single boxed set in 2006.

Bill Payne

Bill Payne (born March 12, 1949) is an American pianist who, with Lowell George, co-founded the American rock band Little Feat. He is considered by many other rock pianists, including Elton John, to be one of the finest American piano rock and blues musicians. In addition to his trademark barrelhouse blues piano, he is noted for his work on the Hammond B3 organ. Payne is an accomplished songwriter whose credits include "Oh, Atlanta". Following the death of Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward on August 12, 2010, Payne is the only member of the group from the original four-piece line-up currently playing in the band.

Payne has worked and recorded with J. J. Cale, Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Watson, Stevie Nicks, Shocking Edison, Robert Palmer and Stephen Bruton. He was a guest performer on Bonnie Raitt's album Sweet Forgiveness in 1977, and wrote its track, "Takin' My Time."

Paul Barrere and Bill Payne played several live concerts with Phil Lesh and Friends, from October 1999 through July 2000. Payne was a member of Boulder band Leftover Salmon from 2014 until December 2015.

In August 2015, Payne was selected to play keyboards for The Doobie Brothers after their keyboardist Guy Allison was called to work on an album project in Japan. In the few weeks of touring with the Doobies, he was featured with the band and Michael McDonald on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Payne's temporary term ended in early September after the Doobies' concert at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey. However, in December 2015 Payne rejoined the Doobies as a touring member, officially taking the position previously held by Allison.

Blue Slipper

Blue Slipper is the 1987 debut album by Helen Watson.

Like its follow up The Weather Inside the album is notable for its stellar cast of session musicians including Richie Hayward, George Hawkins, Paul Barrere, Michael Landau, Ethan Johns, Bill Payne, Bernie Leadon, Jerry Donahue and Steve Lukather. The sessions for this album were the first time members of Little Feat had worked together since Lowell George died in 1979.

Produced by Glyn Johns, the record was recorded at A&M Studios in Los Angeles.

All songs were written by Helen Watson and Martin McGroarty, except "Chrome Solder" (Watson).

"You're Not The Rule", "I'm Jealous Dear" and "When You Love Me I Get Lazy" were released as singles. The former was championed by BBC TV show No Limits which played the accompanying video on several occasions.

The album was reissued on CD by Fledg'ling Records on 19 September 2006 featuring two tracks originally released on 12" singles and two previously unreleased demo recordings.

Down upon the Suwannee River

Down Upon the Suwannee River is the fourth live album by the American rock band Little Feat, released in 2003. (see 2003 in music).

Feats Don't Fail Me Now

Feats Don't Fail Me Now is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Little Feat, released in 1974.

Fraternity of Man

The Fraternity of Man was an American blues rock and psychedelic rock group from the 1960s. They are most famous for their 1968 song "Don't Bogart Me," which was featured in the 1969 road movie Easy Rider. Its original members included three musicians from Lowell George's band The Factory – Richie Hayward (later of Little Feat), Warren Klein, and Martin Kibbee – who joined Elliot Ingber from the Mothers of Invention and Larry Stash Wagner. Blues leads were handled by Ingber, and psychedelic leads were played by Klein, including "Oh No I Don't Believe It" (widely attributed to Ingber due to his association with the Mothers). The band broke up after recording two albums.

I'm in You

I'm in You is Peter Frampton's fifth studio album, released in 1977.

Jimmy Herring

Jimmy Herring (born January 22, 1962) is an American guitarist who is the lead guitarist in the band Widespread Panic. Herring is a founding member of Aquarium Rescue Unit and Jazz Is Dead. He has also played with The Allman Brothers Band, Project Z, Derek Trucks Band, and has enjoyed a long and successful tenure with Phil Lesh and Friends as well as The Dead.

Join the Band (Little Feat album)

Join the Band is a 2008 album recorded by Little Feat. Their first studio album in five years, it features no new original songs but is a set of collaborations with other artists such as Bob Seger. Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews and Inara George. It was released on July 1, 2008.

The album was recorded at Jimmy Buffett's studio and co-produced by Feat keyboard player Bill Payne with Mac McAnally of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. "Something in the Water" was originally recorded by co-writer Jeffrey Steele.

It also turned out to be the band's last work with singer Shaun Murphy, with whom they parted company in 2009, and with drummer Richie Hayward who died from cancer in 2010.

Kenny Gradney

Kenny Gradney, a native of Baton Rouge, is an American bassist and songwriter, best known as a member of the band Little Feat. He joined after their second album, replacing founding bassist Roy Estrada in 1972. Gradney has remained their bassist ever since and coinciding with his arrival, his friend Sam Clayton also joined the band on percussion and Paul Barrere, who knew bandleader Lowell George from Hollywood High School, joined as a second guitarist and cementing the classic line-up of George, Barrere, Richie Hayward, Bill Payne, Gradney and Clayton.

In addition to his work with Little Feat, Gradney has played and recorded with many notable musicians, including Delaney & Bonnie, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Bob Weir's Bobby and the Midnites, Jazz Is Dead, jazz drummer Chico Hamilton, Warren Zevon, Robert Palmer, Mick Fleetwood, and Carly Simon. He also features in the acclaimed rock music documentary film Festival Express.

Little Feat

Little Feat is an American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles. George disbanded the group due to creative differences in 1979, shortly before his death. Surviving members reformed Little Feat in 1987, remaining intermittently active to the present.

Although the band has undergone several changes in its lineup, the music remains an eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funk and jazz fusion influences.

Guitarist Jimmy Page stated Little Feat was his favorite American band in a 1975 Rolling Stone interview.

Pressure Drop (album)

Pressure Drop is the second solo album by Robert Palmer, released in 1975. Palmer is backed by Little Feat and other musicians. The title track is a cover version of the reggae hit by Toots & the Maytals. However, many other songs on the album use "New Orleans funk ... along with smooth, dated disco ballads smothered in strings". Continuing his association with Little Feat started by his cover of "Sailing Shoes" on his 1974 debut album Sneaking Sally Through the Alley, Feat was used as backing band on several cuts, most notably Lowell George's slide guitar on "Here With You Tonight". George also contributed the tune "Trouble" on which Feat pianist Bill Payne plays the intro. David Jeffries' review says that the album is considered "too blue-eyed and polished for fans of Palmer's more gutsy moments" but concludes that "Pressure Drop has grown into the great overlooked album in Palmer's discography".The album peaked at No. 136 in the US.

Retrospective (Monkey House album)

Retrospective is the name of an anthology album by the music group Monkey House, which was released in 2013 on the Green Dolphin Music label. Monkey House is a rock/pop/jazz group led by Don Breithaupt. This release has a total of 44 tracks: 38 songs, plus six interviews. It includes almost every tune from their first two albums, Welcome to the Club (1992), and True Winter (1998), and also has four newer songs that were on the 2005 release entitled Big Money: Singles Remasters Rarities 1992-2005. Additionally, six tunes not previously released are on this anthology album, five of them being instrumentals, as well as the tune "I'm Not That Guy" from the Headquarters (2012 album) sessions, but had not been included on that album. Special guests include Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward and former Pat Metheny Group member David Blamires.

Rooster Rag

Rooster Rag is the fifteenth album of original material by American rock band Little Feat released in June 2012. It marks their first original album since 2003's Kickin' It at the Barn and the recording debut with the group of new drummer Gabe Ford who replaced Richie Hayward. Four of the songs were written by former Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter in collaboration with keyboard player Bill Payne, now the only musician to have played with every line-up of the group. Surprisingly, Paul Barrere, the group's main writer/singer, has only been credited with writing on one track, although his usual co-author Fred Tackett has contributed four songs, all of which have appeared on his solo albums, but not all of which he sings lead on.

The song "Candy Man Blues" by Mississippi John Hurt has been performed by the band live for some years and appeared on their 2005 collection Barnstormin' Live.

The order of tracks was confirmed on Little Feat's website on June 10, 2012.

Shaken 'n' Stirred

Shaken 'n' Stirred is the third solo album by former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant, released in 1985 on the Es Paranza label. It featured his second Mainstream Rock Tracks top hit, "Little by Little", which was #1 on the chart for two weeks.

Rhino Entertainment released a remastered edition of the album, with one bonus track, on 20 March 2007.

The Last Record Album

The Last Record Album is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Little Feat, released in 1975.

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "For a very short album -- only eight songs -- too many of the cuts fall flat. Those that succeed, however, are quite good, particularly Paul Barrere and Bill Payne's gently propulsive 'All That You Dream,' Lowell George's beautiful 'Long Distance Love,' and the sublime 'Mercenary Territory' .... There are enough signs of Little Feat's true character on The Last Record Album -- the three previously mentioned songs are essential for any Feat fan -- to make it fairly enjoyable, but it's clear that the band is beginning to run out of steam."The album's back cover includes the record's lyrics. One song, "Hi Roller," was marked out in black ink with the annotation "Maybe Next Time". The song was indeed included on their next album Time Loves a Hero.

The track "Long Distance Love" was placed at number 26 in John Peel's 1976 "Festive Fifty".Writing for The Guardian in 2010, after the death of Richie Hayward, Adam Sweeting commented:

The Last Record Album (1975) was a less cohesive effort, but continued the group's upward commercial progress. In hindsight, there is bleak irony in the way George chose to decorate the album's sleeve with the medical bills racked up by Hayward following a serious motorcycle accident ... During his final illness, when he had moved to Canada, Hayward's lack of medical insurance left him facing huge bills for treatment.

The Principle of Moments

The Principle of Moments is the second solo studio album by the English singer Robert Plant, formerly of Led Zeppelin. It was Plant's second Top 10 album in the US and UK. It also gave him his first solo Top 40 hit with "Big Log". The most popular track on album-oriented rock radio in the US was "Other Arms", which reached number-one on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. Genesis' drummer Phil Collins played drums for six of the album's eight songs (as he did on Pictures at Eleven). On the other two tracks former Jethro Tull drummer Barriemore Barlow performed.

Like Plant's first solo album, Pictures at Eleven, the songs departed from the hard rock sound of Led Zeppelin. Following the strength of these albums, Plant launched a successful tour in 1983. Phil Collins was the drummer for Plant's band for the North American portion of the tour. Collins was content to perform in the background, despite his own enormous success as a solo artist and with Genesis at the time. Little Feat's Richie Hayward played drums for the remaining dates.

Rhino Entertainment released a remastered edition of the album, with bonus tracks, on 3 April 2007.

The Weather Inside

The Weather Inside is the second album by Helen Watson released in 1989.

The album is notable for its stellar cast of session musicians including Andy Fairweather-Low, Richie Hayward, George Hawkins, Michael Landau, Ethan Johns, Bill Payne, Bernie Leadon and Albert Lee. The sessions for this and Watson's debut album Blue Slipper were the first time members of Little Feat had worked together since Lowell George died in 1979.

Produced by Glyn Johns, the record was recorded at A&M Studios in Los Angeles and AIR Studios in London.

All songs were written by Helen Watson and Martin McGroarty, except "Dangerous Daybreak" (Stead / Ellis / Trundle / Watson / McGroarty).

The album spawned the single, "Hanging Out the Washing (In a Small Backyard)", a duet with Andy Fairweather-Low. The CD single features a song recorded at the same sessions but not released on the album, "Heaven Suits You".

The Weather Inside would be Watson's final album on EMI before a move to RCA for her third album, Companion Gal.

Time Loves a Hero

Time Loves a Hero is the sixth studio album by the American rock band Little Feat, released in 1977. The album cover depicts the Cattolica di Stilo which is a church in Italy, but the background is the town of San Miguel de Allende Mexico and the statue in front of the Cattolica di Stilo is in San Miguel de Allende.

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