Little Feat singer and guitarist Paul Barrere has died

Barrere joined the band in 1973.

Paul Barrere

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Paul Barrere, the guitarist for the rock band Little Feat, has died at the age of 71. The news was broken via a post on the band’s Facebook page.

It is with great sorrow that Little Feat must announce the passing of our brother guitarist, Paul Barrere, this morning…

Posted by Little Feat on Saturday, October 26, 2019

The band was formed in 1969 by Lowell George and Bill Payne. Barrere joined in 1973 as the group tended towards a more funk-oriented sound, alongside an expanded lineup. Little Feat would go on to explore a mix of funk, R&B, and jazz fusion before disbanding shortly before the death of Lowell George in 1979.

The band would reform in 1987, after Richie Hayward, Bill Payne and Barrere were asked to play together on Helen Watson’s debut record. Barrere would remain an active member until his death, bar a brief hiatus in 1994 to undergo treatment for Hepatitis C.

Little Feat released sixteen albums over their career, with Barrere playing on all but two.
Barrere also released three solo albums, and played as an acoustic duo with fellow Little Feat member Fred Tacket.

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