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Thursday 5 September 2019

Donnie Fritts

I was unaware that the great Muscle Shoals Country Soul singer and keyboard player Donnie Fritts had passed away at the age of 76 until I read the August In Memorium post at Any Major Dude with Half a Heart

Coincidently in between listening to the Brexit debacle I have had Testifying by The Country Soul Review on the car radio this week, an album on which he features.
I was not aware that he played keyboards with Kris Kristofferson even although he did so for over 40 years.
I did know, however, that he co-wrote Breakfast in Bed  with the late great Eddie Hinton which was brilliantly sung by both Dusty Springfield and Shelby Lynne and terribly by UB40 & Chrissie Hynde
Here's another he co-wrote with Eddie from Hinton's  Hard Luck Guy album.
A life well lived.
Rest easy Donnie

Shelby Lynne - Breakfast in Bed

Donnie Fritts - Muscle Shoals

Eddie Hinton - What Would I Do Without You

The Country Soul Review (ft Donnie Fritts) - Sumpin' Funky Going On


  1. I also learned the sad news from "Any Major Dude". First heard of him in the spoken intro to Kris Kristofferson's "The Pilgrim - Chapter 33" which also namechecked Billy Swan, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Johnny Cash.

    RIP Donnie Fritts.

  2. The Shelby Lynne songs is the best of the four