Drummer Ricky Lawson Dies

Ricky Lawson, a longtime session and touring drummer, was taken off of life support in Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 23 after suffering a brain aneurysm while performing at a nightclub Dec. 13.

Lawson had an impressive resume, collaborating with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, Lionel Richie and a host of other artists.

He was also a founding member of The Yellowjackets and co-wrote its Grammy Award-winning “And You Know That.”

He began his career playing for The Sons of Soul, opening for The Jackson Five at the 1969 Michigan State Fair, according to Radio Facts.