Richie Hayward

August 13, 2010 by staff 

Richie Hayward, Little Feat drummer and founding member Richie Hayward died Thursday of complications surrounding liver cancer and pneumonia, which had been fighting since 2009. He was 64.

Playing drums since childhood, Hayward was best known for his 40 years of playing rock band based in Southern California. After auditioning for Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention Factory then join the short term, Hayward formed Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne with the original bass singer Bill Payne and Lowell George in 1969.

After releasing their debut album in 1971, the band made six albums, but split shortly after George’s death in 1979. It was renovated in 1987 and Craig Fuller recruited as the lead singer. Hayward also recorded and performed with numerous musicians such as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Tom Waits, John Cale, Peter Frampton and Robert Plant.

Hayward remained as a member of Little Feat until 2009, when he was diagnosed with liver cancer. “] [Richie is hanging in there,” said guitarist Paul Barrere Spinner in October. “He’s trying to be as positive as possible. It’s sad that he can not be on the road. One of us is called at least once a day just to maintain their morale.”

Before Heyward died, his bandmates, and amateur musicians organized to raise funds to offset many medical expenses, she had no health insurance. He gave his last concert in July, when he joined Little Feat in the Vancouver Island Music Festival.

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