“It's just a country town but patients come From Mobile to Moline from miles around
Nagodoches to New Orleans In beat-up old cars or in limousines
To meet the doctor of soul, he's got his very own thing
Two degrees in be-bop, a PHD in swing
He's the master of rhythm he's a rock and roll king
If you like country with a boogie beat he's the man to meet (he's the man to meet)
If you like the sound of shufflin' feet he can't be beat (I say he can't be beat)
If you wanna feel real nice, just ask the Rock and Roll doctor's advice”
Hayward played drums in the band throughout its entire 40 year career. In the late 1960s he played with original Little Feat frontman Lowell George in the band’s precursor The Factory. George and Hayward co-founded Little Feat in 1969 along with Bill Payne and Roy Estrada. They established a distinctive style of improvisational southern rock that mixed elements of blues, rock boogie and funk. Little Feat went on hiatus in 1978 and officially parted ways a year later after George died of an accidental overdose. Hayward helped reform the band in 1987 and continued to play with the group until last year when health concerns prevented him touring.
Hayward was also an accomplished sideman and played on recordings by such diverse artists as Eric Clapton, Warren Zevon, Travis Tritt, Robert Palmer, Tom Waits, Taj Mahal, Barbra Streisand, John Cale, Buddy Guy, Arlo Guthrie, Carly Simon, Bob Seger and many others. Hayward and Little Feat also collaborated with a new generation of jammers in the ’90s and ’00s, including Jimmy Herring, Bela Fleck, String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon and Warren Haynes. Many musicians, ranging from the members of Leftover Salmon to Little Feat, played Sweet Relief benefit shows for Hayward in the past year. He had no insurance at the time his liver cancer was diagnosed.
Michael Hossack played on the classic Doobie Brothers albums Toulouse Street, The Captain And Me, and What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. In 1974, he left the group to take a break from the grueling tour lifestyle. He continued on with other acts for the next several years. In 1987, the original Doobie Brothers got back together for a series of shows to benefit Vietnam vets. Hossack, a Vietnam vet himself, was asked to come along. The tour was such a success that the group officially reunited and signed with Capitol Records for their comeback album, Cycles, of 1989. Hossack continued to record and perform with the band until 2010.