Eddie Hinton

Born: June 15, 1944, Jacksonville, FL

Died: July 28, 1995

Lived in Tuscaloosa, AL

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, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, R.B. Greaves, Boz Scaggs, and Otis Redding. He toured as guitarist for R&B greats, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge and Ted Taylor. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Bobby Womack, Cher, Tony Joe White, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, The Box Tops, The Sweet Inspirations, UB40, and the Nighthawks. Since his death, Zane Records has released several of his recordings.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame



eddie hintonEddie Hinton (15 June 1944 - 28 July 1995) 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.

A full-length documentary of the life and musical career of Eddie Hinton was made by New Mexico Filmmakers Deryle Perryman and Moises Gonzalez. Narrated by bluesman Robert Cray, "Dangerous Highway" screened in film festivals across the US and made its European premiere at the 2008 Porretta Soul Festival in Porretta, Italy. The film, a critical and popular success, was never allowed commercial release as Hinton's mother, controller of most of the rights to the songs in the film, didn't approve of the story.

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.[1]

Volume 1 - Greg Dulli

Side A - "Hard Luck Guy"; Side B - "Cover Me"

Volume 2 - Drive-By Truckers

Side A - "Where's Eddie?"; Side B - "Everybody Needs Love"


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 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.

1 Shake It Records - Dulli, Greg & Drive-By Truckers Vols. 1 & 2 of Dangerous Highway: A Tribute To The Songs of Eddie Hinton

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Hinton



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Below was taken from an interview with Johnny Wyker and Pete Carr that appeared in the Planet Weekly by Jerry W. Henry.


.....Johnny contributes, "I had gone down to Tuscaloosa for survival." He then tells me a story of his second wife and her trying to commit suicide and him building a house on the lake for her but never got to spend a night in it. "Hippies had a co-op in Tuscaloosa where you could go and get a great vegetable meal, free but you had to help them cleanup. Every night they had some reason to celebrate, like a birthday or something. If you could play a guitar or any musical instrument, they welcomed you in. You could get fed, get high, get drunk, they were great people to party with. Me and Eddie would be doing speed and while they slept we would clean the place to where you could have eaten off the floors. We would be up 2 or 3 days at a time.....One night at the Chukker in 1971. I was so desperate and had so much pent-up energy, but didn't have a dime, that I jumped up on the bar in the Chukker, in the middle of the week, in the middle of the night, it was about 12 degrees outside, I said, 'these 2 girls, Jenny Praley and Huggy Meadows are going to drive me and Lou Mullinax in his Yellow Mustang up to a new 16 track studio in Muscle Shoals and all the owner knows about is operating truck stops. Anybody that wants to play, come on up. By the time you get up there I'll have a deal talked up.'  The owner was Ron Bellew and I told him 'You are paying interest on this studio while you are home asleep. If a guy came along and told you that he knew how to drive a bulldozer and there was gold buried over there, wouldn't you let him use his bulldozer? I told him that his studio was his bulldozer and I asked him if he would take the gamble with me and we will split 50/50 on everything we make from what I did in the studio.' I told him to go get a paper sack and we will write the contract. He said he had stationary with letterhead and I said, 'no it's luckier to do it on a brown paper sack.' We did. By this time Charlie Hayward (Alabamian that plays bass for the Charlie Daniels Band), Chuck Leavell and his girlfriend and dog, cat and equipment, Joe Rudd with guitars and amps, Art Shield, the whole tribe from Tuscaloosa have come up to record with me."

I asked Johnny how Eddie Hinton came up with the term, Mighty Field of Vision. He told me, "He had ad-libs on several of those songs on Letters to Mississippi. Some I still don't know what he was saying... when we were cutting "Uncloudy Days" at the end of it he shouts, 'I can see it all now, way up in the sky, a mighty field of vision, here comes another broken heart'... we go into the control room to listen to it and we listened to it about 15 times until I finally heard that term jump out. (That was the inspiration to do all of Eddie Hinton's song business using that term.)

Johnny feels what MFOV has evolved into is "…quite an amazing thing. I hope it lives on way after I die. The mission statement now says: to help old musicians, who don't have any insurance."

Johnny is a natural promoter and before I left, he gave me his spill on what he is promoting right now, "Motorcycle Man" can now be bought on ITune and Rhapsody or CD Baby where you just put in sailcat and motorcycle man is the search and it's just 99 cents!"......

Source: http://www.theplanetweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1468&Itemid=48







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