Paul Barrere, the longtime singer and guitarist for Little Feat, died Saturday, October 26. Barrere had been suffering from liver disease, according to a statement from the band. He was 71 years old.
Barrere was invited to join Little Feat in 1972, though he had first auditioned for the band - as a bassist - three years earlier. "As a bassist I make an excellent guitarist," Barrere was said to have told the band.
Barrere's first effort with the group was 1973's Dixie Chicken, one of their most enduring and popular albums. Aside from a leave of absence due to a Hepatitis C diagnosis, Barrere would remain with the band for almost 50 years. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2015.
"As the song he sang so many times put it, he was always 'Willin’,' but it was not meant to be," the band said of Barrere. "Paul, sail on to the next place in your journey with our abiding love for a life always dedicated to the muse and the music. We are grateful for the time we have shared."