Ricky Fataar
South African musician
Ricky Fataar
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.
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Blondie Chaplin joins Brian Wilson tour
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
In addition to the Oct. 22 show at the Paramount Theatre, Chaplin, who joined the quintessential Southern California fun-in-the-sun band briefly in the early 1970s, will be part of Wilson's performances in Hollywood, Fla.; New York City; Las Vegas; and the hometown show Oct. 20 at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre. "[...] two weeks ago, I hadn't seen him since 1974," said Wilson, who reconnected with Chaplin to have him sing on Wilson's next solo album, currently in the works. Chaplin and drummer Ricky Fataar were South Africans who played in the group the Flame, which was the only act other than the Beach Boys ever signed to the group's Brother Records label. Wilson is splitting the bill on this tour with Beck, who also has been contributing to the Beach Boys creative leader's solo album.
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Jon Regen and All Star Cast Release Revolution, Hit The Blue Note Monday - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
He's talking about his exceptional new album "Revolution", which features guests a-plenty like Benmont Tench from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, Andy Summers of The Police and Rutle Ricky Fataar, not to mention a co-write with Grammy winner Rob Thomas of
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MUSIC REVIEW | JOHN SCOFIELD; Jazz Guitarist in a Gospel-Soul Catharsis
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Groove has always been an essential element for the jazz guitarist John Scofield, expressing itself in ways either subtle or obvious, depending on the setting. ''Piety Street'' (Emarcy), released last week, falls in the obvious category, with a fortunate twist: it's Mr. Scofield's old-time gospel album, recorded in New Orleans with a band drawn
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The Listings
NYTimes - almost 8 years
JAZZ Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/music. RALPH ALESSI AND THIS AGAINST THAT (Wednesday and Thursday) The tensions implied by this band's title are expressed in the subtlest of fashions, as Mr. Alessi, an incisive trumpeter, thoughtfully balances composed and improvised music with the help of Tony Malaby on tenor and soprano
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NYTimes - almost 15 years
''When we first moved here, before we opened the cafe, and we did not have any money, we used to have toast parties,'' recalls Rick Owens, indicating in his soft-spoken way that he's talking about whole-wheat toast, not Champagne. ''We would go down to the deli and buy salmon and whitefish, and then I would sit at the head of the table with a loaf
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RECORDINGS VIEW; Bonnie Raitt Takes a Journey Into a Heart of Darkness
NYTimes - almost 23 years
THE MELANCHOLY contemplativeness that suffuses much of Bonnie Raitt's rich new album "Longing in Their Hearts" may take some of her more recent converts by surprise. If you're among those millions of listeners who became familiar with Ms. Raitt's artful synthesis of rock, blues and folk primarily from her two most recent releases, the commercial
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Film: Judy Davis Stars in 'High Tide'
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: ''HIGH TIDE'' begins with shots of a cut-rate Australian Elvis impersonator, and rarely has an Elvis impersonator given off this much heat and light. This man's flash has nothing to do with his act, of course, and everything to do with the pop exuberance with which the director Gillian Armstrong (who made ''Starstruck'' in much the same
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NYTimes - about 33 years
Dennis Wilson, the drummer for the Beach Boys, whose ''surfing sound'' helped define an era in the 1960's for millions of young Americans, drowned today not far from the beaches where he became famous. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Mr. Wilson, who was 39 years old, was found in about 12 feet of water at the Marina del
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ricky Fataar
  • 1990
    Age 37
    In 1990, he joined up with Raitt, and has been a member of Raitt's band.
    More Details Hide Details Fataar continued to work in between other projects as a sideman for many artists, also on Peter Cetera's first album, usually as a drummer. Ricky Fataar was married to the fashion model Penelope Tree with whom he had one child, Paloma Fataar. Later he married dancer Valerie Velardi, with whom he had a second daughter, Francesca Fataar.
  • 1979
    Age 26
    In 1979 Fataar was introduced to Bonnie Raitt, and recorded on her Green Light album.
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  • 1978
    Age 25
    Fataar has worked as a session musician, notably for Ian McLagan as well as other artists, as a drummer. Fataar emigrated to Australia in 1978 where he recorded with and co-produced albums for Tim Finn, played the drums on the Split Enz song "Message To My Girl", and also worked with Crowded House, Jenny Morris, Peter Blakeley, and Wendy Matthews as well as various other artists.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details His character was Stig O'Hara, the band's guitarist (analogous to George Harrison). He speaks no dialogue in the film, and indeed he is sent up as "the quiet one" in it. Fataar's then wife, Penelope Tree, also appeared in All You Need Is Cash, as Stig's wife, Penelope. Fataar is less than quiet on the two albums produced by The Rutles: The Rutles and Archeology which featured him playing guitar, bass, sitar, drums, and singing. He would also go on to record a single with Eric Idle as 'Dirk & Stig' titled, "Mr. Sheene" / "Ging Gang Goolie". Fataar has also combined his talents as an actor and a musician, developing musical scores for both film and television. An example includes the composition of the score for an Australian film Spotswood. Working in his capacity as producer, Fataar has produced the music for various films that include High Tide, Les Patterson Saves the World, and The Coca-Cola Kid, in which he makes a cameo appearance as an actor as well.
  • 1976
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 19
    The 1972 Beach Boys album Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" featured musical and vocal contributions from Chaplin and Fataar.
    More Details Hide Details It also included two songs written by the duo, "Here She Comes" and "Hold On Dear Brother". On the band's next album, Holland, released a year later, both musicians recorded, and provided backing vocals, including the hit single "Sail On, Sailor", on which Chaplin sang as lead vocalist. They additionally collaborated with Carl Wilson and Mike Love on the song "Leaving This Town". 1973 saw the first live album The Beach Boys in Concert, upon which Fataar performed. It featured a live version of the previously unreleased Chaplin/Fataar/Love collaboration "We Got Love", which was originally intended to be released on the Holland album, but was removed from the running order to make way for single "Sail On, Sailor".
  • 1970
    Age 17
    The Flames disbanded in late 1970, and Fataar and his former Flame bandmate Blondie Chaplin were recruited by The Beach Boys, in March 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Fataar was asked to play drums for the band after drummer Dennis Wilson suffered a debilitating hand accident. The duo recorded two albums with the Beach Boys, and began touring with them in 1970.
  • 1963
    Age 10
    Fataar's first childhood band was The Flames, a band from his birthplace of Durban, South Africa that began in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details He joined the band at the age of nine. The band made several recordings as well as touring all over Southern Africa and before long they became quite popular in South Africa. By the time he was twelve years old he had already won the honour of being voted as the "Best Rock Drummer in South Africa." In 1968 the band moved to London and began touring in the United Kingdom. On one of their tours, they were spotted by a member of The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson. He was impressed by their talent and offered to sign them to the Beach Boys new record label, Brother Records. The band moved to Los Angeles, United States, and they recorded and released their 1970 album The Flame with Carl Wilson producing the album.
  • 1952
    Born on September 5, 1952.
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