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Little Feat

    Little Feat was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1969 by Lowell George and Roy Estrada. Both were former members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. The original lineup was completed with the addition of Richard Hayward on drums and Bill Payne on keyboards. Their first two albums were Little Feat (1971) and Sailin' Shoes (1972). The albums were critical successes but failed by commercial standards. The group split up briefly for a period in 1971-72 but reformed with new members that included Paul Barrere on guitar and percussionist Sam Clayton. Roy Estrada, who ...read more

    Little Feat was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1969 by Lowell George and Roy Estrada. Both were former members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. The original lineup was completed with the addition of Richard Hayward on drums and Bill Payne on keyboards. Their first two albums were Little Feat (1971) and Sailin' Shoes (1972). The albums were critical successes but failed by commercial standards. The group split up briefly for a period in 1971-72 but reformed with new members that included Paul Barrere on guitar and percussionist Sam Clayton. Roy Estrada, who had left the group, was replaced on bass by Kenny Gradney. The first album from the new lineup was to be their most popular yet: Dixie Chicken (1973). No doubt the single of the same name, which is arguably their most well known song, was a prime reason. But the funkier, tighter sound and more prominent jazz influences, which defined this lineup, were no doubt welcome dimensions. They continued their success with Feats Don't Fail Me Now (1974) and then The Last Record Album (1975). Purportedly by then Barrere and Payne had taken over much of the songwriting due to the effects of Lowell George's drug use. Although the group had gained in popularity they did not enjoy broad commercial appeal but rather sort of a cult following. Their next release was Time Loves a Hero in 1977 and it was on the tours following that album in 1977-78 that they recorded and released the much heralded double live album Waiting for Columbus (1978). It was shortly after this period, frustrated with the band's direction that founding member Lowell George started a solo project the result of which was the album Thanks, I'll Eat It Here. With its release George declared Little Feat broken up and embarked on a solo career. Sadly, George died shortly thereafter of a heart attack in 1979. Little Feat's final album with George, Down on the Farm, was released after his death in 1979. In 1981, a rarities collection called Hoy-Hoy! was also released. Members of Little Feat worked on various side projects and had stints in other bands after Little Feat broke up, but in 1988 Payne, Barrere, Hayward and Gradney decided to reform the group. They were joined by vocalist/guitarist Craig Fuller and guitarist Fred Tackett. Their first new release in 1988, Let It Roll, was a commercial success eventually going gold. But subsequent albums Representing the Mambo (1989), Shake Me Up (1991) and Ain't Had Enough Fun (1995) didn't quite measure up. On Ain't Had Enough Fun and albums thereafter the voice of Fuller, plugged in to sound a measure like Lowell George, was replaced by female lead Shaun Murphy. The band has since followed with albums Under the Radar (1988), Chinese Work Songs (2000), Late Night Truck Stop (2001) and Kickin' It at the Barn (2003). The group still tours to this day. Shaun Murphy left the band in 2009 and Richie Hayward became ill with liver cancer later that same year. He was replaced on drums by the band's drum tech, Gabe Ford, in August 2009. Ford was only supposed to play drums with them until Richie became well again but he succumbed to the cancer and died on August 12, 2010, about a year after he was diagnosed. « hide

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    LPs
    Chinese Work Songs
    2000

    4.5
    1 Votes
    Under the Radar
    1998

    4.5
    1 Votes
    Ain't Had Enough Fun
    1995

    4
    1 Votes
    Shake Me Up
    1991

    5
    1 Votes
    Representing the Mambo
    1990

    5
    1 Votes
    Let It Roll
    1988

    5
    1 Votes
    Down on the Farm
    1979

    5
    1 Votes
    Time Loves a Hero
    1977

    5
    1 Votes
    The Last Record Album
    1975

    5
    1 Votes
    Feats Don't Fail Me Now
    1974

    3.9
    28 Votes
    Dixie Chicken
    1973

    4
    30 Votes
    Sailin' Shoes
    1972

    3.9
    32 Votes
    Little Feat
    1970

    3.9
    26 Votes
    Live Albums
    Down upon the Suwannee River
    2003

    4.5
    1 Votes
    Live at the Rams Head
    2002

    4.5
    1 Votes
    Live from Neon Park
    1996

    4.5
    1 Votes
    Waiting For Columbus
    1978

    4.2
    26 Votes
    Compilations
    Raw Tomatos Volume 1
    2002

    5
    1 Votes
    Ripe Tomatos Volume 1
    2002

    5
    1 Votes
    Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years Of Little Feat
    2000

    5
    1 Votes
    As Time Goes By: The Best of Little Feat
    1994

    5
    1 Votes
    Hoy-Hoy!
    1981

    3.3
    10 Votes

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