Breakfast in Bed/Simple Song
The first of my Record Store Day 2017 selections is a single released by Single Lock Records, John Paul White sings Donnie Fritts, Donnie Fritts sings John Paul White.
After they disbanded I didn’t hear much about John Paul White until last year. He contributed Simple Song to the Southern Family album, which I have as a download, then he released his own album Beulah, which I bought on vinyl.
Then I came across a tweet by John Paul White saying that he was appearing on a Pig and Vine Radio podcast. The podcast was hosted by a lady called Amy Collins, and is primarily about wine, but with “life insights and humor”.
So I checked out said podcast and it was most entertaining, and sure enough contained some “life insights and humor”.
Now I can’t remember whether he mentioned the Record Store Day release in the podcast, or whether I found out about it by checking out his website, but I had no idea who Donnie Fritts was!
Well it turns out he co-wrote Breakfast in Bed, the UB40 hit from 1988, featuring Chrissie Hynde on vocals. But this wasn’t the original version, the original was by Dusty Springfield, released twenty years earlier as the B-side to Son of a Preacher Man. This was recorded as part of the Dusty in Memphis album, which is near the top of my wish list of albums I need to add to my collection.
His co-writer on Breakfast in Bed was Eddie Hinton. Now I do know who Eddie Hinton is! I have four record collection called Dangerous Highway – A Tribute to the Songs of Eddie Hinton, which was released by Shake It Records, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
So on this single, we have John Paul White singing Breakfast in Bed and Donnie Fritts performing Simple Song. To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed it, I’ve just bought Oh My Goodness the latest album by Donnie Fritts
And here’s a playlist based on this post, enjoy…