Rick Marotta

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Rick Marotta
Birth nameRichard Thomas Marotta
Born (1948-01-07) January 7, 1948 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresRock, pop, jazz
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Associated actsBrethren, The Riverboat Soul Band, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul Simon

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, Peter Gabriel, 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 (he would later appear on Todd Rundgren's Something/Anything? album), 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] His brother, Jerry, is also a noted drummer and percussionist who has recorded and toured with Peter Gabriel.

Selected discography[edit]

With Bryan Ferry

With Aretha Franklin

With Hall & Oates

With The Jacksons

With Robin Kenyatta

With Chaka Khan

With John Lennon

With Herbie Mann

With Randy Newman

With Linda Ronstadt

With Roxy Music

With Carly Simon

With Paul Simon

With Steely Dan

With James Taylor

With John Tropea

With Edgar Winter

With Michael Franks

  • One bad habit (1980)

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.

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