August 19, 2010 – 11:09 am

R.I.P. Richie Hayward (1946-2010)

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Boston 1975 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, October 31, 1975. Very good FM broadcast.

“Little Feat mixed every strain of Southern music - blues, country, gospel, rockabilly, boogie, New Orleans R&B and Memphis funk - with surreal lyrics and a sense of absurdity and professionalism that could only have come from Southern California… Little Feat enjoyed a strong cult following and became one of California’s most influential bands of the ’70s.” - The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (1995).

On August 12, 2010, Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward died from pneumonia and complications from lung disease. The wikipedia reported that about a year ago, Hayward announced that he had been diagnosed with a severe liver disease and would not be at work indefinitely. A benefit concert was organised and a website created where fans unable to attend could donate towards his treatment costs. On July 11, 2010 Little Feat played at the Vancouver Island Music Fest, and Hayward was slated to play just a couple of tunes, but once he sat behind his kit, he finished out the night, played fantastic, filling out that Little Feat sound. Hayward, 64, had intended to return to the band in the event of recovery but he sadly he never did. (Band founder Lowell George died from a drug overdose on June 29, 1979.)

In memory of Hayward, here is a set from Boston in 1975. The show was originally shared by davmar77 on the Dime site; and was later re-seeded by featseeker in October 2009. As an eclectic jam band, Little Feat were in a class of their own - from Lowell’s bluesy vocals and stinging guitar to Latin-tinged percussions - and, on reflection, this is as much a celebration as it is a memorial.

In his notes, davmar77 wrote: “Recently a Little Feat show was banned for lack of info. It turned out to be an incomplete version of this concert. The show was recorded off the radio during a live broadcast on October 31, 1975 from Boston’s Orpheum Theater. Incomplete rebroadcasts are very common of this incredible show but here for the first time is the whole thing as taken from my reel which is a 1st gen from a master recorded that night. The show is nearly two hours long and the band is in great form. Of course this version has several songs previously uncirculated. There were some radio problems on my friend’s copy so I subbed a couple of songs from the Live Music Archive.”

Thanks to davmar77 and featseeker for all their efforts.

Anyone wishing to remember Hayward financially is invited by the family to make a donation to Sweet Relief, the Richie Hayward Fund, at

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction (1.7MB)
Track 102. Two Trains (6.8MB)
Track 103. Skin It Back (9.0MB)
Track 104. Fat Man In The Bathtub (9.6MB)
Track 105. Walking All Night * (very short jump at about 1:32) (7.1MB)
Track 106. A Apolitical Blues (6.0MB)
Track 107. One Love Stand (7.7MB)
Track 108. Rock And Roll Doctor (8.0MB)
Track 109. Oh Atlanta (7.2MB)
Track 110. On Your Way Down (10.7MB)
Track 111. Day Or Night (12.0MB)
Track 112. All That You Dream (7.3MB)
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Disc 2
Track 201. Romance Dance (9.0MB)
Track 202. Below The Borderline (broadcast problems) (7.4MB)
Track 203. Long Distance Love (4.5MB)
Track 204. Cold Cold Cold (8.1MB)
Track 205. Dixie Chicken (11.5MB)
Track 206. Tripe Face Boogie (6.1MB)
Track 207. Bag Of Reds (1.4MB)
Track 208. Tripe Face Boogie (4.7MB)
Track 209. Crowd-Radio Talk (3.6MB)
Track 210. Willin’ * (7.4MB)
Track 211. Teenage Nervous Breakdown (6.7MB)
Track 212. Crowd-Radio Talk (2.9MB)
Track 213. Sailin’ Shoes (7.5MB)
Track 214. Spanish Moon (8.3MB)

* Substituted from the Live Music Archive due to problems on the above master.
No sub available for Below The Borderline.

WBCN-FM live broadcast > reel > reel > M-Audio Transit > Cool Edit > CD Wave Editor > Flac

Likely lineup:
Lowell George - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Bill Payne - vocals, keyboards
Paul Barrere - vocals, guitar
Kenny Gradney - bass
Richie Hayward - drums, backing vocals
Sam Clayton - congas, vocals, percussion

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  1. 27 Responses to “LITTLE FEAT - BOSTON 1975”

  2. I was at this show Dressed to the hilt in a Pink gown and day-glow makeup My 1st public cross dressing session.One of more to come. It was after all Halloween in Boston Ma. What a show broadcast live by WBCN 104.1 fm when radio had some balls. This show is also at under wbcn We danced the whole show and tripped on great LSD 100 liquid that might help explain the pink gown. My 1st FEAT show of many………….

    By Bootleg - Steve Yeaton on Aug 19, 2010

  3. cold cold cold thats how i feel about one of rocks great drummers Richie Hayward man he had the groove when ever i was asked in the 70s/80s up till today who your fave band my answer was always little feat and im sure it allways will be seen then live in sydney twice with lowell and richie and in the 90s at the blues fest at byron another great drummer for the big band with the gods rock on

    By david franklin on Aug 19, 2010

  4. Thank you for posting this fine show. I look forward to part two. I’ve enjoyed them since “day one” (sucked in with Roy Estrada/Lowell George, as Zappa alumns)all those years ago and they still play some mighty fine music/shows. I’ve always been taken with “Easy to Slip” but note you seldom see that it was performed live during the 70’s when it was released on record. Anyone know why?

    By Dennis on Aug 19, 2010

  5. Was there… climbed over the railing in 2nd level and hung… wasn’t this with Tower of Power horn section? Lowell kept walking off stage and kept coming back with ice cold Hieneken… by end of show… toastsy as he could be. One of the great shows of modern times… Lowelll was crooning and cool as could be. Next day Boston Globe said you could have sunk a Columbian freighter with all the smoke that went up that night… true. God I miss them.

    By trojahorse on Aug 19, 2010

  6. i was there too…drove 90 miles to hear and see my all time favorite band…great memories…

    By Ace on Aug 19, 2010

  7. What a show that was! I remember having to walk back to Cambridge because I missed the last T. It was so worth it.

    By Ryno on Aug 19, 2010

  8. :) Thanks so very much!!! I have downloaded these high quality MP3s! I look forward to Disc2, available for download tomorrow, August 20th.
    Did Little Feat ever play at the Spectrum in Philadelphia the winter of 1972 1973? I remember seeing them when I lived there :-) or I quess it could have been this very Orpheum date.
    I plan to make a donation to Sweet Relief, the Richie Hayward Fund, at
    I know Richie DID NOT have medical insurance and donating would help to ease the bills his wife owes.
    Thanks again for this wonderful download.
    May Richie & Lowell be jamming in Heaven!!!

    By Mary Ann on Aug 20, 2010

  9. I was head usher/security at the Orpheum in ‘75, always worked right down in front stage center, so I had a great view of the band. Met Kenny after the show and told him how great it’d been.

    By Bob Mutascio on Aug 20, 2010

  10. Thank you

    By Mark on Aug 20, 2010

  11. Thanks for Disc 2 available today!
    transfer rate zinging today :)

    By Mary Ann on Aug 20, 2010

  12. This is great. Is the speed slightly slow, or is it just me? We went to the benefit concert that is mentioned here, last year at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California. It was an electric, magical night. About 7 hours of heart-streaming love & music. I remember Scarlet Rivera as one of the highlights. Shaun Murphy was also on fire. Thanx for this posting! Peace, Richie ~

    By Timmy on Aug 21, 2010

  13. In 1975 this band was bangin’ on all 8 cylinders. Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn said in the blues bros. movie “We had a band that could turn goat piss into gasoline!” Little Feat was that high octane and MORE! Love the Mp3s…Thanks!!!

    By Flatrat on Aug 21, 2010

  14. Ritchie also played with Robert Plant on Shaken ‘n Stirred, Buddy Guy, Bob Segar, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Stephen Stills, and John Cale to name a few; and played guitar on his solo album and with Top Topham. I knew he had been ill, but I didn’t hear about Feat playing their last gig with him less than 100 miles away, or that he died in Victoria, B.C., where I live. R.I.P. A rum pa pum pum, you played some great music.

    By HytekFred on Aug 21, 2010

  15. Thanks so much for posting this great show! RIP Richie.

    By Toshiko on Aug 21, 2010

  16. Ritchie would have been welcome here much earlier in the land of universal medical care and legal medical marijuana, we’re home to many fine expat musicians :-) At least he was halfway in the door to paradise in B.C. Could his living close to Pamela Anderson’s home have been mere coincidence? LOL.

    By HytekFred on Aug 22, 2010

  17. In 1975 I was 16 years old and along with Don LaBrie, my best friend, drove down from New Hampshire to see this concert. We were first row balcony, rock’n hard, and lov’n life that night. We jammed so hard we thought the whole balcony would collapse from the pounding it took.

    This was my first Little Feat Show and the only time I was lucky enough to see Lowell perform.
    Back then the band rocked it hard much as they do today, 35 years later.
    Playing this concert now on my desktop takes me right back to that night and how the DJ from WBCN, Boston really played up the fact that the show was being aired live. Thanks for making it available.

    I’ve been blessed in my life to have become friends with the Band and with Richie. His passing is like losing a member of my family. I have many great memories, stories to cherish, and laughs to share about the good times with him..

    That Halloween night in 1975 started it all.


    Jim Drew

    By Jim Drew on Aug 22, 2010

  18. I was there! Great show!

    By Ken Berger on Aug 22, 2010

  19. Wow,

    I recently was hoping to find a complete show from 1975. As a freshman at SIU in Carbondale, IL I joined the Cultural Affairs Committee as a Zappa Freak from New York convinced me. At our first meeting we voted on shows to bring and Little Feat was one of them amongst Dave Brubeck, Chick Correa and others. I saw Little Feat for the first time that fall at Shryrock Auditorium and it was LOVE at first listen. When they started with Two Trains there was no looking back. I saw Lowell 13 times with the last being New Years Eve 1978 in Houston TX 6 months before his death. I would have never dreamed those years that a friendship would develop. Billy, Paul, Richie and mates have been gracious and kind. Billy has put up with me in Malibu at Steve Wells home and recently put my son Krisofer on the guest list at a N. CA Festival. How cool is that!! Never would have dreamed that would be the case back in 1975!! Richie was special. He was very kind to put up with the fan interruptions, interactions, etc.etc. Took a while to get to know him as I always kept my distance at all the shows as I did not EVER want to be that rabid fan!! I also have some very fine video of him in Jamaica at one of his early trip drum clinics. All I can say is what I started this with………WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bob Lang

    By Bob Lang on Aug 23, 2010

  20. Somewhere in the Mr. Tapefreek files is a cassette copy of this show, complete with original broadcast problems. I assumed they were die to my not being that close to Boston.

    I miss those days on WBCN, WBRU, WAAF, WCOZ, and all the other great FMs back when they truly did have the balls that have long since shriveled up in the intense heat of commercialization.

    By O.B. Dan on Aug 28, 2010

  21. Superb! Thank you. This show is fantastic and is a stunning example of what the band could do.

    By Bruce Eisenbeil on Aug 31, 2010

  22. great archive!

    By Frank Russell on Sep 2, 2010

  23. this is the real fruit off the true vine. Fred will be wonderful when he joins in, but this is great shit, already. LG and PB plays the sneeringest, snarlingest steel strings ever! RIP lowell and richie. thanks for posting.

    By Loring on Sep 6, 2010

  24. I lived in DC area at the time and was turned on to Feats by my best friend Debbie in 1974.They have been my favorite band since. Does anyone know of LIVE takes from the Wash DC Warner theatre and Lisner auditorium shows in 1974, 1975, 1976 I attended many shows in that era and would LOVE some copies. Little Feat are my family, LOVE them FOREVER RIP Lowell and Richie said with a broken heart Missin you both !

    By Rita Brown on Sep 7, 2010

  25. Tracks 107, 206, 211 broken

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 3, 2015

  26. Hello Eddie

    Kindly refresh the respective pages and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 3, 2015

  27. got it.. shake hands.. :)

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 3, 2015

  28. I was also at this show, with a bunch of other people, I remember being in this crazy crowd, on a balcony, & it rocked. Thanks, to all.

    By jimg on May 3, 2016

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