Fred played with The Drifters, Jackie Wilson, Al Green, Ike Turner, Bobby Womack, Donny Hathaway, The Jackson Five, Willie Hutch, Bonnie and Delaney, and Syl Johnson before joining the legendary group Earth, Wind and Fire in 1975. He performed for twelve years where he served as drummer with other band member Ralph Johnson.
Fred has also recorded with the notable likes of Ramsey Lewis, The Emotions, Deniece Williams, Valerie Carter, Deodato, and Stanley Turrentine. In later years, he joined former band mate Al McKay and the L.A. All-Stars, where they have toured Europe extensively.
Fred enjoys spending his leisure time studying astrology and studying the piano.
Ricky Lawson -
First Things 1st (1998)
"First soloalbum from drummer Ricky Lawson" The Tracks are: Real Love, Plain Old Fashion Love, Slow And Gentle, I Will Be Here Waiting For You, Sweet Love, Blues Club, Need Somebody, Simple Man, Sunlight, So Special & Love Will Bring Us Back Around .
Musicians on the First Things 1st album: Ricky Lawson, Bridgette Bryant, Sean Holt, Vesta Williams, James Ingram, Al Jarreau, David Thomas, The Emotions, Arnold McCullor, Linn Fredmont, Fred White, Bill Cantos, Amy Keys, Nigel Martinez, Joseph James, Perry Sisters, Jason Brown, Israel Hollingworth, Lyndon Peats, Sheryl Cagelese, Sonya Sampson, Al McKay, Greg Moore, Carlos Rios, Robben Ford, Tony Maiden, Jimmy Haslip, Nathan East, Marcus Miller, Byron Miller, Neil Stubenhaus, Joe Wolfe, Brad Buxer, Russell Ferrante, George Duke, Donald Fagen, Greg Phillingaines, Sheila E, Peter Michael, Luis Conte, Phil Collins, Paulinho Da Costa, Andrew Woolfolk, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Gerald Albright, Jim Reid, Roger Burns & Victor Hall. Available from Samsung Music Korea/Original release year: 1998
|Various Artists||Pop Music: The Golden Era 1951-1975||Drums, Percussion|
|Akira Jimbo||Slow Boat||Choir,Chorus|
|32 Phreeze||32 Phreeze||?|
|Earth, Wind & Fire||Powerlight||Drums, Percussion|
|Jennifer Holliday||Feel My Soul||Drums|
|Earth, Wind & Fire||Raise!||Drums, Percussion|
|Stanley Turrentine||Tender Togetherness||Drums|
|Earth, Wind & Fire>||Faces||Drums, Percussion|
|Earth, Wind & Fire||I Am||Drums, Percussion|
|Earth, Wind & Fire||All 'N All||Drums, Percussion|
|Valerie Carter||Just a Stone's Throw Away||?|
|Deniece Williams||Song Bird||Drums|
|Earth, Wind & Fire||Spirit||Drums, Percussion|
|Deniece Williams||This Is Niecy||Drums|
|Earth, Wind & Fire||Gratitude||Drums, Percussion|
|Howdy Moon||Howdy Moon||Drums|
|Donny Hathaway||Extension of a Man||Drums|
|Willie Hutch||Fully Exposed||Drums|
|Rhythm Logic||Rhythm Logic||Percussion|