Richie Hayward

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Richie Hayward
Hayward playing with Little Feat in 2008
Hayward playing with Little Feat in 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
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion, vocals
Years active1960s–2010
LabelsWarner Bros, Hot Tomato, CMC International

Richard 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.


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[3] of the sitcom F Troop.[4]

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. Hayward's talents were also utilized when he appeared as a member of another group in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story.


Richie Hayward died on August 12, 2010, from complications due to liver cancer.[5] 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,[citation needed] Paul Barrere starting the gig with the words "Let's Rock For Richie".


  1. ^ "Richie Hayward 1946-2010". 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. ^ "The Factory (featuring Lowell George) on F-Troop, February 9, 1967". Retrieved October 24, 2023 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Sweeting, Adam (August 13, 2010). "Richie Hayward Obituary". The Guardian. London. Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  5. ^ "Richie Hayward". Retrieved 2016-06-27.

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