|Birth name||Richard Hayward|
|Born||February 6, 1946
Clear Lake, Iowa United States
|Genres||Rock, blues, southern rock, funk, Cajun music, Americana|
|Instruments||Drums, Percussion, Vocals|
|Labels||Warner Bros. Records, Hot Tomato Records, CMC International|
|Associated acts||The Factory
Fraternity of Man
Richie Hayward (born February 6, 1946 in Clear Lake, Iowa) is a drummer who is best known as a founding member and drummer in the band Little Feat. He has performed with several bands and worked as a session player. Hayward also joined with friends in some small acting roles on television, which included a few episodes of F Troop.
Hayward first appeared to the public as a member of a band based in Southern California. Before he joined Little Feat he was a member of the groups The Fraternity of Man, and then, The Factory, which was where he met the frontman of the band, Lowell George. The Factory portrayed the anachronistic Beatlesque band, the Bedbugs., ,  on the February 9, 1967 episode of F Troop.
In addition to his work with Little Feat, Hayward has recorded and performed with many other artists including: Joan Armatrading, Kim Carnes, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, James Cotton, The Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Arlo Guthrie, Jonny Lang, Nils Lofgren, Taj Mahal, Robert Palmer, Van Dyke Parks, Robert Plant, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, Stephen Stills, Tom Waits,John Cale, Warren Zevon and Helen Watson.
In August 2009, Richie Hayward announced that he had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer and would not be at work indefinitely. A benefit concert was organized and a website created where fans unable to attend could donate towards his treatment costs. Hayward lives in Canada, outside of his native USA, and does not have health insurance, hence the fund raising. Little Feat have announced that until Richie is able to rejoin them, their drum technician Gabe Ford will take his place.