One of the industry's most respected and sought-after drummers, Ricky Lawson was a session superstar. Ricky's work ranged from Michael Jackson tours to Steely Dan albums. Lawson collaborated with many artists throughout his career including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, among many others. Ricky can also be heard behind the set on Whitney Houston's iconic hit, "I Will Always Love You".

In 1975, Lawson landed a gig with iconic jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers after taking an audition for Stevie Wonder. Ricky's reputation in the music business quickly grew and by the time he got the call to join Michael Jackson's "Bad" Tour, he was already an industry legend.

A co-founder of the jazz-fusion band Yellowjackets, Lawson won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for "And You Know That" from their album Shades. In 2001, Lawson released his debut solo album Ricky Lawson and Friends on which he performed, arranged, produced, and wrote all of the songs. Ricky managed to put together a career that most only dream of. He will be missed by the entire Vic Firth family.

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