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Born: 15 June 1944, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Died: 28 July 1995, Birmingham, Alabama

Age: 51

Cause of death: Heart attack.

Notable because: Guitarist with the Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section. Played the solo on 'Come go with me' by the Staple Singers and wrote 'Breakfast in bed.'  Battled mental illness, alcohol and drug addiction. Became destitute and then enjoyed a revival, the rewards of which meant he put on weight resulting in a fatal heart attack at 51.

Eddie Hinton was an American songwriter and session musician best known for his work with soul music and R&B singers. He played lead guitar for Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section from 1967 to 1971.

As a session guitarist, Hinton played on hit records recorded by Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Paul Kelly, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, R.B. Greaves, Boz Scaggs, Evie Sands, Looking Glass, Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding.

Hinton was a songwriter in his own right as well. His most well known song is "Breakfast in Bed" which has been recorded many times, most notably by Dusty Springfield and by UB40 with Chrissie Hynde.

The song "Sandwiches For The Road", by fellow Alabamians Drive-By Truckers, is based on the life of Eddie Hinton. It appears on their 1998 debut LP Gangstabilly.

In 2007 Build Your Own Fire, a tribute album to the songs of Eddie Hinton, was released by Capricorn recording artist Jimmy Hall on Zoho Records.

Beginning in 2009 Shake it Records out of Cincinnati, Ohio began releasing entries from their series "Dangerous Highway: A Tribute to the Music of Eddie Hinton". This series will feature covers of Hinton's songs by artists who were inspired by and continue his legacy. Volumes one and two were released on 11/08/09.

Eddie was born to Deanie McGee Hinton Perkins and Horton Hinton and grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he formed a band, The Five Minutes who received local fame quickly. He was the grandson of a Preacher man and used the gospel influences in his music to tell his stories of pain and redemption. Former record giant, Jerry Wexler, heard Eddie while he was doing session work in Muscle Shoals and called Hinton, "the next big thing", unfortunately, Hinton's battles with mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction prevented that from happening.

He died at home with his Mother, Deanie Perkins and stepfather, Paul Perkins in Birmingham, Alabama from a heart attack at age 51.


Very Extremely Dangerous

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Editorial Review: Digitally remastered edition of this album from the Southern Soul legend. In 1977, Eddie signed with Capricorn Records and cut this critically-acclaimed album featuring the cream of his fellow Muscle Shoals musicians, and delivering a repertoire of Southern Soul performances in a style that did credit to his prime mentor, Otis Redding. Eddie Hinton's name has been one to drop in recent years as the popularity of Southern Soul has grown and grown. He featured in the studio credits of countless hit records cut in Muscle Shoals, Alabama between 1967 and 1971, playing lead guitar in the rhythm section. He was on sessions for albums by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, Joe Tex and many others including Percy Sledge, for whom Eddie wrote the Top 40 hit 'Cover Me'. 10 tracks. Shout.


Cry and Moan

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Very Blue Highway

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Editorial Review: Eddie Hinton was known as one of the most gifted guitarists among the crew that passed through the legendary Muscle Shoals rhythm section in the '60s. But there's more to his legend--Hinton was also known as the "white Otis Redding," and Duane Allman wanted him to sing lead for the Allman Brothers. He's written songs for Aretha, Percy Sledge, Bobby Womack, and others. His second Bullseye Blues album, recorded in Alabama, includes some very '60s-evocative backing by the Memphis Horns, an authentically swampy-sounding soul rhythm section, and a big batch of Hinton originals.

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Hard Luck Guy

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Letters From Mississippi

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Editorial Review: Guitarist Eddie Hinton is given the royal treatment on this now hard-to-find MFSL release.


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