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
Hayward playing with Little Feat December 31, 2008
Background information
Birth nameRichard Hayward
Born(1946-02-06)February 6, 1946
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
DiedAugust 12, 2010(2010-08-12) (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, {{Buddy Holly story movie 1978 - backing band|}


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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