Drummer Richard Hayward, one of the founding members of Little Feat, passed away on Thursday August 12, 2010 from complications of liver cancer. He was 64.
Hayward and future Little Feat bandmate Lowell George formed the Factory in 1965 and recorded an album that wouldn’t see the light of day until the 90’s. The group broke up and the members went their separate ways until 1969 when George, Hayward, Roy Estrada and Billy Payne formed Little Feat.
Hayward was a constant presence in the band through additional lineup changes until August of 2009 when he took a leave of absence to fight serious liver disease which eventually was diagnosed as cancer. His last appearance with the group was at a July 11, 2010 show at the Vancouver Island Music Festival where he was supposed to sit in for a couple of songs and ended up playing the balance of the show.
Along with his years of work with Little Feat, Hayward played drums on a long list of albums including:
- Ry Cooder – Ry Cooder
- Hobo’s Lullaby – Arlo Guthrie
- Stephen Stills – Stephen Stills
- Stoney End – Barbra Streisand
- Discover America – Van Dyke Parks
- Another Passenger – Carly Simon
- Paris 1919 – John Cale
- Pressure Drop – Robert Palmer
- Steppin’ Out – Joan Armatrading
- Big Time – Tom Waits
- Transverse City – Warren Zevon
- Fire Inside – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
- Fat City – Shawn Colvin
- From the Cradle – Eric Clapton
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