Hayward playing with Little Feat, December 31, 2008
|Birth name||Richard Hayward|
February 6, 1946|
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
|Died||12 August 2010
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Genres||Rock, blues, southern rock, funk, Cajun music, Americana, swamp rock|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, vocals|
|Labels||Warner Bros, Hot Tomato, CMC International|
|Associated acts||The Factory, Fraternity of Man, Little Feat, The Band, Robert Plant|
Richie Hayward (February 6, 1946 - August 12, 2010) was a 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.
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.
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, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, Nancy Sinatra, Stephen Stills, Tom Waits, John Cale, Warren Zevon, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Wildsteed and Helen Watson.
Richie Hayward died on August 12, 2010 from complications due to Liver Cancer. 
The day after his death Little Feat played a gig at Fairport's Cropredy Convention festival in Cropredy (UK), and spoke of their sadness onstage finding themselves performing a spectacular set in front of 20,000 festival goers without Richie Hayward.
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