Paul Barrere (July 3, 1948 – October 26, 2019) was an American musician most prominent as a member of the band Little Feat, which he joined in 1972 some three years after the band was created by Lowell George.
Barrere recorded and performed with Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce, Chicken Legs, Blues Busters, Valerie Carter, Helen Watson, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Eikichi Yazawa, and Carly Simon. He can be seen in the 1979 Nicolette Larson Warner Brothers promotional video of “Lotta Love”.
Barrere’s best known contributions to Little Feat as a songwriter include “Skin It Back”, and “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” from the album Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, “All That You Dream” from The Last Record Album, “Time Loves a Hero” from Time Loves a Hero, and “Down on the Farm” from Down on the Farm.
Barrere was a swing man as a guitarist who played a wide variety of styles of music including blues, rock, jazz, and cajun music and was proficient as a slide guitarist.
Barrere also recorded and toured as an acoustic duo with fellow Little Feat member Fred Tackett.
Barrere played several concerts with Phil Lesh and Friends in October 1999 and from March to June 2000. He also toured with Bob Dylan, and had most recently been writing and recording with Roger Cole.
He was the son of the Hollywood actors Paul Bryar and Claudia Bryar. Barrere contracted Hepatitis C in 1994, but had managed to keep it under control. In 2015, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Paul Barrere died on October 26, 2019 at the age of 71 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
31: Giannis Spanos, 85, Greek composer.
29: Mihai Constantinescu, 73, Romanian pop singer and songwriter, cardiac arrest.
28: Zoltán Jeney, 76, Hungarian composer; Jitka Šuranská, 41, Czech singer and violinist, cancer.
27: Vladimir Rubin, 95, Russian composer, People’s Artist (1995).
26: Paul Barrere, 71, American rock singer and guitarist (Little Feat), liver cancer.
25: Chou Wen-chung, 96, Chinese-American composer; Joe Sun, 76, American country singer (“Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You”).
24: Walter Franco, 74, Brazilian singer and composer, stroke.
23: Rolando Panerai, 95, Italian baritone singer; Hansheinz Schneeberger, 93, Swiss violinist.