Rick Marotta

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Rick Marotta
Birth nameRichard Thomas Marotta
Born (1948-01-07) January 7, 1948 (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresRock, pop, jazz
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion

Richard Thomas Marotta (born January 7, 1948) is an American drummer and percussionist. He has appeared on recordings by leading artists such as Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Lennon, Hall & Oates, Stevie Nicks, Wynonna, Roy Orbison, Todd Rundgren, Roberta Flack, Peter Frampton, Quincy Jones, Jackson Browne, Al Kooper, Waylon Jennings, Randy Newman, Kenny G, The Jacksons, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Warren Zevon, and Linda Ronstadt.[1] He is also a composer who created music for the popular television shows Everybody Loves Raymond and Yes, Dear.


Marotta was born in New York City and taught himself to play drums at the age of nineteen.[2] He was in a band called The Riverboat Soul Band, which released an album called Mess-up in 1968.

Marotta spent several years in the early 1970s as the drummer for his own group, the short-lived Brethren.[3] Tom Cosgrove sang and played lead, Stu Woods played bass, and Mike Garson played keyboards. They released two albums; the first was the eponymous Brethren, which was mildly successful. The second, released as the band was crumbling, is almost impossible to find. The band had a unique sound, a mixture of rock and country, with traces of jazz and influences from Dr. John, who wrote the album notes and the song "Loop Garoo" for them.

Marotta has composed music for the television sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond and Yes, Dear.[4] He made a guest appearance in the episode "Johnny and the Pace Makers" of the situation comedy Double Rush in 1995.[5]

Marotta's brother, Jerry, is also a noted drummer and percussionist who has recorded and toured with Peter Gabriel.

Selected discography[edit]

With Bryan Ferry

With Dolly Parton

With Peter Allen

With Aretha Franklin

With Al Kooper

With Yoko Ono

With Cissy Houston

With Jackson Browne

With J. D. Souther

With Edgar Winter

With Bette Midler

With Garland Jeffreys

With Rickie Lee Jones

With Hall & Oates

With The Jacksons

With Art Garfunkel

With Karla Bonoff

With Wynonna Judd

With Melanie

With Bonnie Raitt

With Andrew Gold

With Ralph MacDonald

  • Sound of a Drum (Marlin Records, 1976)

With Laura Nyro

With Robin Kenyatta

With Diana Ross

With Beth Hart

With Toni Childs

With Randy Crawford

With Nanci Griffith

With Joe Walsh

With Shawn Colvin

With Phoebe Snow

With Ellie Greenwich

  • Let It Be Written, Let it Be Sung (Verve, 1973)

With Juice Newton

With Linda Clifford

  • I'll Keep on Loving You (Capitol, 1982)

With Dan Fogelberg

With Livingston Taylor

With Frankie Valli

With Chaka Khan

  • Chaka (Warner Bros, 1978)

With John Lennon

With Herbie Mann

With Donny Hathaway

With Annette Peacock

With Yvonne Elliman

With Randy Newman

With Linda Ronstadt

With Roxy Music

With Carly Simon

With Marty Balin

With Boz Scaggs

With Jim Croce

With Paul Simon

With Steely Dan

With Felix Cavaliere

  • Destiny (Bearsville, 1975)

With James Taylor

With John Tropea

  • Tropea (Video Arts, 1975)
  • Short Trip to Space (Video Arts, 1977)
  • Touch You Again (Video Arts, 1979)

With Michael Franks

With The Pointer Sisters

With Warren Zevon


  1. ^ Amendola, Billy (1 March 2006). "A Few Minutes With Rick Marotta". Modern Drummer. ISSN 0194-4533.
  2. ^ "Rick Marotta Biography". Drummer Café. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ Cerullo, Megan (19 August 2015). "Rick Marotta Is Still Digging the Beat of a Live Show". Vineyard Gazette.
  4. ^ Burlingame, Jon (14 April 2006). "Isham, Rosenthal Honored by ASCAP". The Film Music Society.
  5. ^ tv.com Double Rush "Johnny and the Pacemakers" Episode Cast & Crew Accessed June 5, 2021

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