Friday, August 13, 2010
From the Los Angeles Times:
Richie Hayward, the drummer and a founding member of Little Feat, a celebrated rock band that arrived on the music scene in Los Angeles with its distinctively eclectic sound in the early 1970s, has died. He was 64.
Hayward, who had liver cancer, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia in a hospital near Vancouver, Canada, said Bridget Nolan, a publicist for the band.
"He was a great drummer, and he was very much integral to Little Feat's sound," singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, who first met Hayward about 40 years ago, told The Times on Friday. "It's hard to imagine another drummer making that music because it's very inventive."
Formed in 1969 — its original members including singer-songwriter and guitarist Lowell George, keyboardist Bill Payne, bassist Roy Estrada and Hayward — Little Feat became known for its mix of rock, country, blues, folk, jazz and funk.
The entire obit is here.