Ricky Lawson

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Birthday
8, 1954
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Dec 23, 2013 (59)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
8, 1954
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Dec 23, 2013 (59)

About

Remembered most as the co-founder and drummer of the jazz and R&B fusion group the Yellowjackets, he received a 1987 Grammy Award for writing the band's song "And You Know That." Also an in-demand session musician, he worked with Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, and numerous other acclaimed musicians.

Before Fame

He began playing the drums in his mid teens, while also pursuing a career as a swimmer. He earned a college athletic scholarship, but dropped out to become Stevie Wonder's drummer.

Trivia

He co-wrote the hit Pointer Sisters track "Uh-Uh."

Family Life

He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Tragically, he died in his late fifties, having suffered a brain aneurysm while performing at a California jazz club.

Associated With

His work as a drummer is featured on Whitney Houston's hit track "I Will Always Love You."