Little Feat’s Richie Hayward: 1946-2010

by Dennis on August 13, 2010

Little Feat co-founder Richie Hayward has died after a long battle with liver disease. He was 64. Hayward played drums in the seminal band throughout its entire career. In the late 1960s, he played with original Little Feat frontman Lowell George in the band’s precursor The Factory. George and Hayward co-founded Little Feat in 1969 along with Bill Payne and Roy Estrada. They established a distinctive style of improvisational southern rock that mixed elements of blues, rock boogie and funk. Little Feat went on hiatus in 1978 and officially parted ways a year later after George died of an accidental overdose. Hayward helped reform the band in 1987 and continued to play with the group until last year when health concerns prevented him touring. Hayward lived in British Columbia until his death.