Legendary Little Feat co-founder, pianist, and producer Bill Payne celebrates his 74th birthday today. Contributing song writing and singing efforts on Little Feat classics like “Oh Atlanta”, “Day or Night”, “Time Loves A Hero”, and “Gringo”, Payne’s work has also extended outside of Little Feat to include collaborations with luminaries like Pink Floyd, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Riatt, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor.
From late 2013 until the end of 2015, Bill Payne toured with polyethnic cajun slamgrass studs Leftover Salmon, penning two songs on their 2014 record High Country, “Bluegrass Pines”, co-written with iconic Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Little Feat’s classic “Six Feet Of Snow”, which was first immortalized on 1979’s Down On The Farm. In more recent times, Payne also assumed the duties as touring pianist for the Doobie Brothers, all the while continuing to play with Little Feat. The band recently celebrated the 45th anniversary of its iconic 1977 live album Waiting For Columbus with an 22-date U.S. tour.
In celebration of the great Bill Payne’s birthday today, check out full show video of Little Feat at London’s Rainbow Theatre in 1977:
Setlist: Little Feat at the Rainbow Theatre, London, England
Set: Intro / Join the Band, Rock’n Roll Doctor, Fat Man In The Bathtub, Teenage Nervous Breakdown, Oh Atlanta, Dixie Chicken, Tripe Face Boogie, Rocket In My Pocket, Skin It Back, Old Folks’ Boogie, Apolitical Blues, Red Streamliner, All That You Dream, Willin’, Spanish Moon
[Originally published 3/12/23]