Ricky Fataar

South African Musician
Born Sep 5, 1952

Ricky Fataar is a South African multi-instrumentalist of Malay descent, who has performed as both a drummer, and a guitarist. He gained fame as an actor in the comedic television movie, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, a spoof on the actual history of The Beatles, and for his performance as a member of The Beach Boys. Fataar may also be recognized for his contributions as a record producer, and has worked on projects scoring music to film and television.… Read More

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    San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 10, 2013
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    Google News - Sep 09, 2011
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    NYTimes - Apr 07, 2009
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    NYTimes - Apr 03, 2009


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ricky Fataar.


1952 Birth Born on September 5, 1952.
1963 10 Years Old Fataar's first childhood band was The Flames, a band from his birthplace of Durban, South Africa that began in 1963. … Read More


1970 17 Years Old The Flames disbanded in late 1970, and Fataar and his former Flame bandmate Blondie Chaplin were recruited by The Beach Boys, in March 1972. … Read More
1972 19 Years Old The 1972 Beach Boys album Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" featured musical and vocal contributions from Chaplin and Fataar. … Read More


1976 23 Years Old Although both Fataar and Chaplin had left the band prior to the recording of the Beach Boys' next studio album, 1976's 15 Big Ones, Fataar is credited as having played on 1980s Keepin' the Summer Alive in the absence of Dennis Wilson.
1978 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Fataar starred in All You Need Is Cash, a mockumentary film known more commonly as The Rutles, a spoof on the real life history of The Beatles, which had a follow up to a Saturday Night Live television sketch. … Read More
1979 26 Years Old In 1979 Fataar was introduced to Bonnie Raitt, and recorded on her Green Light album.


1990 37 Years Old In 1990, he joined up with Raitt, and has been a member of Raitt's band. … Read More
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