[that is a cool link ,, coleman was married to my cousin about the same time as the coleman hinton project ,, her name is philomena ,, i checked out the cuba alabama site is this your own site ?? i like it ,,, i love the history of the bands of t-town ,, our band use to play down there ,, i love that place,,, slugger]
Yo' cousin was the delectable Ms Philomena...??!!
Lost And Found
The Coleman-Hinton Project 1969-71
Produced and Engineered by Eddie Hinton and Jim Coleman
String Arrangements: Jim Coleman and Eddie Hinton
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Quad Studio, Nashville, Tennessee; and
Olympic Studio, London, England
1. I Wanna Die (J. Coleman)
2. Just Like The Fool That I Was (J. Coleman)
3. Before I Left Home (J. Coleman)
4. What Goes On (J. Coleman)
5. The Angels (J. Coleman)
6. Sha Na Boom Boom (Barry-Bloom)
7. He Kept It In The Family (J. Coleman)
8. Where You Come From (Hinton-Coleman)
9. In The Beginning (J. Coleman)
10. Never, Never, Never Again (J. Coleman)
11. Got Down Last Saturday Night (E. Hinton)
In the summer of 1969, Eddie Hinton
and I began a project that was to be a turning point in both of our lives. Eddie
had signed me as a writer with his publishing company and I had come up to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to try and get a song on the album being recorded there by Lulu of "To Sir With Love" fame. At the time, Eddie was the guitarist at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and had recorded on many great R&B tunes by Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex and others. When I got to town, Eddie
said he wanted to save my songs for an album he had decided to produce on me.
It was summer and I was out of school so I moved to Muscle Shoals and began going to the studio with Eddie
. We would usually get in the studio on Friday night and stay up until Monday morning recording. During our formal recording sessions we used the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
with Barry Beckett
on piano, Roger Hawkins
on drums and David Hood
on bass with Jimmie Johnson
out with the engineering.
Lost And Found
Copyright 1995 Breathe Easy Music
- Vocals, Guitar, Bass Eddie Hinton -
Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica
- Electric Guitar, Vocals Roger Hawkins
- Drums David Hood
- Piano, Organ John Hughey
- Pedal Steel Guitar King Curtis
- Soprano Saxophone
- Clarinet The London Symphony -
Eddie's good friend and former roommate, Duane Allman
, was asked to played guitar, but, I told Eddie I wanted Tippy Armstrong
to play guitar instead. Tippy
was a great player and a great friend of mine. He played on albums for Bobby Womack, Albert King
, and Jimmy Cliff
among others. Duane
was planning to leave town anyway and had asked Eddie
to join him in a new band he was putting together with his brother, Greg
, to be called "The Allman Brothers Band
turned him down for his studio gig and to finish the album we had decided to call "The Coleman-Hinton Project.
" Eddie had also picked Tippy
to replace him as the staff session guitarist at Muscle Shoals Sound when he and I left to go on the road to promote our record.
In addition to recording in Muscle Shoals, we also recorded at David Briggs'
Quad Studio in Nashville and at Olympic Studio in London where we recorded the strings. We used the same string players from the London Symphony
who had played on the Beatles
' records. Other notable musicians on this record include the late, great King Curtis
on Soprano Saxophone and John Hughey
on pedal steel guitar. I was a big fan of Conway Twitty
at the time and wanted to use Hughey who was Conway's steel player. John Hughey
now plays for Vince Gill
. King Curtis
was very popular in the 60's and was actually the opening act for the Beatles
during their 1965 US tour when I saw them in Atlanta. King Curtis
have both been gone now for many years along with Duane
Of the many stories I recall from these recording sessions the one about the string session in London remains particularly vivid in my mind. Eddie
had refused to allow either of us to begin writing the string parts until we were on the plane headed for England. We got on the plane with only blank music paper and began writing the arrangements for string quartet and string ensemble with 11 strings. This was all done in our heads without guitar or other instrument to help play the parts as they were being written. We had never heard the arrangements until we were conducting the sessions with the London Symphony string players. When we did the song "Where You Come From," an arrangement that Eddie
had written for the string ensemble, everything was going fine until they got to the short instrumental part at which time everyone stopped playing. The conductor turned to Eddie
and said, "Mr. Hinton, the notes you have written are not on the viola and go off the fingerboard." Eddie
responded without hesitation saying, "When they get there just have them transpose down an octave."
They did and it worked out fine.
was a great producer and a great guitar player, and, he was just about the most un- compromising man I have ever known. He was so full of talent but couldn't seem to find a way to get his feelings across without alienating someone along the way. He was one soulful dude with his own, intense 'philosogie' of life. His vocal on the Staple Singers' "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha Na Boom Boom)" on this CD is to me the essence of Eddie Hinton
. I'll never forget watching him scream like Mavis
at the end. He was always in the pocket. Famed producer Jerry Wexler
said in a letter to Eddie's mother, "He remains unique, a white boy who truly sang and played in the spirit of the great black soul artists he venerated. With Eddie, it wasn't imitation; it was totally created, with a fire and fury that was as real as Otis Redding's and Wilson Pickett's."
For a number of reasons this album never came out. We had worked out a deal with Ahmet Ertegun
and Atlantic Records
refused to accept Ahmet's
then contacted Chris Blackwell
of Island Records
and we actually left Muscle Shoals and moved to Atlanta to be where Island
was going to be based. But, the deal with Island
also fell through. Eddie
and I grew farther and farther apart and I never actually got to hear the final mix of the album after we returned from England. I went on to play guitar on the road for a couple of years waiting for word from Eddie
. Eventually, I went back to college and then medical school and now practice Internal Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. As the years slipped by, turning into decades, we communicated very rarely and Eddie
went down his star-crossed road. I last talked to Eddie
in 1979. I had all but forgotten about this album but not Eddie
and the influence he had on my life.
Eddie Hinton died July 28, 1995 at his mother's home in Birmingham, Alabama.
About eight weeks after his untimely death, I got a call from Eddie's
second cousin in Tuscaloosa who told me that Eddie's mother, Deanie Perkins,
had said she wanted to talk to me. I later called Eddie's mother
and she told me that after Eddie
died she and her husband had gone into Eddie's
room and had taken out all the tapes and music manuscripts and other personal things that he left behind and had completely cleaned the room out. She said a few weeks later they realized that they were still bothered by the way the room looked because it reminded them so much of Eddie.
They decided to go back in and rearrange the furniture. When they started to take Eddie's
bed out of the room they picked up the box springs and found a tape underneath. This tape was the only known copy of the long lost Coleman-Hinton project
. With help from Marc Harrelson
at Boutwell Studio
in Birmingham, Alabama, I was able to restore the tape to its present condition and the finished product is contained on this CD.
I want this CD to be a tribute to Eddie Hinton
. It was really his album anyway. All I did was write a few songs and try to sing and play a little guitar. Like Eddie
use to sing to me, "I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see," finding this album after 25 years makes me see those early days in a much different light. Those really were magic times when our dreams and innocence were great. Eddie Hinton got lost in this life. I hope he's found peace in the next. "You don't miss your water 'til your well runs dry," he used to say. We'll all miss you, Eddie.