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Los Angeles, United States (1969 – 1979, 1987 – present)

Little Feat is an American band who have mixed blues, R&B, country and rock and roll styles together since they formed in 1969 in Los Angeles, and are known for their eclectic blend of many forms of music. They were founded by the brilliant songwriter/singer Lowell George (who died in 1979), keyboardist Bill Payne, and drummer Richie Hayward (who passed away in 2010). The blend of California cool and New Orleans funk produced by George’s slide guitar, Payne’s virtuoso keyboards and Hayward’s melodic and driving drums gave the George-era Little Feat a sound unique in rock and roll.

Lowell George met Bill Payne when George was a member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Payne had auditioned for the Mothers, but had not joined. They formed Little Feat along with former Mothers’ bassist Roy Estrada and drummer Richie Hayward from George’s previous band, the Factory. The name of the band came from a comment made by Mothers’ drummer Jimmy Carl Black about Lowell’s “little feet.” The spelling of “feat” was an homage to The Beatles.

Their first two albums received nearly universal critical acclaim, and “Willin’” became a standard, subsequently popularized by its inclusion on Linda Ronstadt’s album Heart Like a Wheel.

While touring in support of his solo album in June 1979, at the age of 34, George collapsed in his hotel room in Arlington, Virginia. The surviving members finished and released the Little Feat album “Down on the Farm” before disbanding.

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  • wilburfan48

    Thanks I'll Eat it Here is strikingly different from the fusion-leanings of Little Feat's last studio album, Time Loves a Hero. Instead, he picks up where Dixie Chicken left off , turning in a laid-back, organic collection of tunes equal parts New Orleans R&B, country, sophisticated blues, and pop. George wasn't in good health during the sessions for Thanks, which you wouldn't tell by his engaging performances, but from the lack of new tunes. George's music rolls so easy, the album can seem a little slight at first, but it winds up being a real charmer. Yes, a few songs drift by and, yes, Jimmy Webb's vaudevellian "Himmler's Ring" feels terribly out of place, but Lowell's style is so distinctive and his performances so soulful, it's hard not to like this record if you've ever had a fondness for Little Feat.It's earthier and more satisfying than any Feat album since Feats Don't Fail Me Now and it has the absolutely gorgeous "20 Million Things," the last great song George ever wrote. AMG

    31 Jan 9:04pm Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Pretty cool band, love me some southern rock, should listen to these guys more.

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • dk86

    thank you Radio Paradise!

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • pepganzo

    Waiting for columbus.

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • pablo323

    nice punk

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • blutos

    I still can't figure out what Lowell was trying to achieve with his horrendously middle-of-the-road solo album.

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • tiagohardrock

    Willin' ♫

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • faustandkluster

    http://www.last.fm/group/70s+Warner+Bros. Please join.

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Cousin_Eddy

    BRILLIANT!!!

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ravipsk

    beautiful, beautiful laid back silk smooth rock...

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • FerociousPanda

    Anyone else sense the similarities between Lowell and Van Morrison? Especially on slow songs like Be One Now.

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
  • CuntyWunty

    Awesome band

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • dandrury

    Great sound...!! www.last.fm/music/dan+drury/songs+in+the+theme+of+tringle

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Halfthatswhole

    Proof that contrary to belief, the Americans have given the world some great things...

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
  • mzingg3

    skin it back

    31 Dec 2010 Reply
  • bloozinator

    Little Feat was a favorite of mine back in the day. Time to start listening to them again - no doubt.

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • maineman99

    Playing in Waterville Maine on Jan 6. http://mainelyconcerts.com/?p=246

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • T_Higginz

    Great band!. Lowell George rules.

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • khonc

    get me out of this!!!

    21 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Cemetary_walk

    On your way down not being in the top 15 is terrible :( what a track

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
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