This is from Little Feat website, very sad day indeed. Love the music.
Richie Hayward RIP!
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Our brother Richie Hayward was the baddest drummer that ever picked up sticks, the rhythm and pulse of Little Feat, and we lost him yesterday, August 12th, to pneumonia and complications from lung disease. Our prayers are with his soul mate Shauna, and all those who loved him. May he find peace.
Some of you might like to know more about Richie. He was born February 6, 1946 in Clear Lake, Iowa. He was in a band called The Factory in Los Angeles whose front man was Lowell George. Eventually, Lowell joined Frank Zappa, offered him the song Willin, and Frank wisely said, Go start your own band, son. The result was Little Feat, and Richie was the first and, until his health took him off the kit in 2009, eternal drummer for Feat. He was the master of space, time, and drums, and he had as much to do with Feats sound as Lowells voice, Billy Paynes keys, Pauls and Freds guitars, Kennys bass, or Sams percussion.
Dont just take Feats opinion: Richie played with seemingly half the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at one time or another, an LA session star who was a peer of people like Ry Cooder and Van Dyke Parks. He recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, James Cotton, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Carly Simon, Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, and many, many more.
The worlds a little quieter and a lot less rhythmic today, although heavens a lot funkier. We urge everyone to hug your loved ones, light a candle, listen to something righteous, and pledge to give more to the world because Richie sure did.
Anyone wishing to remember Richie financially is invited by the family to make a donation to Sweet Relief, the Richie Hayward Fund, at Sweet Relief