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Ricky Fataar

Studio Drummer, Bonnie Raitt | South Africa

Born in Durban, South Africa 05/09/52

I started playing drums at age nine with my older brothers. We formed a band called "The Flames," made several recordings, toured all over Southern Africa and became quite popular. In 1968, we moved to London; then L.A. in 1970, after signing to the Beach Boys' "Brother" label for whom we made 2 albums. After we disbanded, I joined the Beach Boys, touring extensively and recording Holland and a 2-disc live album. I worked in London and L.A. with many artists. During that time, Eric Idle asked me to appear on the TV show "The Rutles, All You Need is Cash". I played Stig O'Hara (the quiet one). I met Bonnie in 1979, after working with Ian McLagan and co-producing Australian singer Renee Geyer. It was then she asked me to play on her Green Light album as part of The Bump Band. I then emigrated to Australia where I played on and co-produced albums for Tim Finn, Crowded House, Jenny Morris, Wendy Matthews, Renee and others. I produced music for the films The Coca-Cola Kid, High Tide and Barry Humpries' Les Patterson Saves the World. I also composed the score for an Australian film Spotswood.

Touring in 2009 with Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield.

Recent activities:

  • Played drums on John Scofield's Piety Street
  • Played drums on The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Album
  • Played drums on Michelle Schmitt's Home and Another Winter
  • Produced Joy Askew's The Pirate of Eel Pie
  • Produced Kermit Lynch's Man's Temptation and Born In Bakersfield

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