Just heard the confirmed news that the world has lost Ricky Lawson, a fantastic drummer and beautiful human being. He's know for performing with Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Steely Dan, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, The Yellowjackets, and many many more.
I had the great pleasure of knowing him through my relationship with Pearl Drums. I'll never forget the story he told me about his "drum solo" on Whitney Houston's mega-hit,"I Will Always Love You". He said whenever his mother heard the song (& she was with friends) and the famous floor tom hit happened, she would proudly say... "That's my baby!" That story always makes me smile because he told it with such pride.
Ricky was on the gig right before he was taken into the hospital so you can say he did what he loved as long as possible. Glad I had the chance to get to know him... a real gentleman and amazing musician.
In writing the article for Pearl Drums, I started compiling a partial list of artists that Ricky worked with... check this out: