Richie Hayward

August 13, 2010 by Post Team 

Richie Hayward, (Jambands) — Little Feat co-founder Richie Hayward has died after a long battle with liver disease. He was 64.

Hayward played drums in the seminal band throughout their career. In late 1960, he played with Little Feat original vocalist Lowell George precursor of the band The Factory. George Hayward and co-founder of Little Feat in 1969 with Bill Payne and Roy Estrada. They established a distinctive style of southern rock improvisation that combines elements of blues, boogie rock and funk. Little Feat in the air in 1978 and officially disbanded a year later after George died of an accidental overdose. Hayward helped reform the band in 1987 and continued playing with the group until last year when health problems prevented him from traveling. Hayward lived in British Columbia until his death.

“We saw it recently,” said long-time member of Little Feat Paul Barrere in a recent interview. “We played in his hometown of Comox, British Columbia. He looked surprisingly good. Diluent, but he did not look emaciated at all. He gets tired quite easily. I had a recent CAT scan of his liver, and are awaiting the results of that to see if they put it on the transplant list. His residence is established, so I think that is eligible for the NHS [National Health Service], which is wonderful. When he saw us was in a good humor. I talked to him a couple of days and told me that we lack now. He is a fighter. Richie unbelievable. If a cat has nine lives, Richie is 18 years. ”

Hayward was also an accomplished musician and played on recordings by artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Warren Zevon, Travis Tritt, Robert Palmer, Tom Waits, Taj Mahal, Barbra Streisand, John Cale, Buddy Guy, Arlo Guthrie, Carly Simon, Bob Seger and many others. Hayward and Little Feat also worked with a new generation of jambands 90 and ’00s, including Jimmy Herring, Bela Fleck, String Cheese Incident, leftover salmon and Warren Haynes. Friends of the band with Phil Lesh & y cover of “Phish Sample in a jar” also brought an element of improvisation of new group’s live sound. In addition, he played in the All-Star band jamband Justice League Herring, T Lavitz and Nitty and Adam.

Many musicians, from members of Leftover Salmon Little Feat, the benefit of Hayward played in the last year. He had no insurance at the time of diagnosis of their condition. Fab Faux guitarist Jimmy Vivino also welcomed the musician on stage with Gov’t Mule at Central Park SummerStage in New York last night.

His last public performance was a sit down with Little Feat in the Vancouver Island MusicFest on July 11, 2010.

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