Famed R&B, Jazz drummer, Ricky Lawson Dies Following Stroke

Ricky Lawson - Yellowjackets drummerWe are saddened to report that Ricky Lawson died today, after spending ten days on life support due to a brain aneurism he suffered while performing his Christmas show in Seal Beach, Calif.

Lawson had enjoyed a storied career as a first-call drummer for such stars as Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Babyface, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Toto, Babyface, Quincy Jones, and Al Jarreau. As a founding member of The Yellowjackets, he won the “Best R&B Instrumental Performance” Grammy Award in 1987 for co-writing the band’s song “And You Know That.”

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