It was while playing in Nashville with the Minutes that Eddie met friend and music publisher Paul Ballinger who persuaded him to quit the road and move to Sheffield Alabama with the promise of session work in Muscle Shoals. Producer and writer Marlin Greene was the third member of this trio determined to carve a niche for themselves during these early days of the Muscle Shoals 'Soul' sound. Eddie wrote and produced with Marlin at Quinvy Studios many of the songs recorded by a small group of little known but great 'country soul singers' , such as Don Varner and Tony Borders . These recordings would be released regionally on the Quinvy and South Camp labels . The Hinton Greene partnership hit pay-dirt when Percy Sledge recorded among other Hinton/Green gems 'Cover Me' and It's All Wrong But It's Alright".

Back Row:
David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Otis Redding, Otis's minder
Front Row: Eddie Hinton, Roger Hawkins,
Arthur Conley

As well as writing and producing Eddie played guitar on sessions by southern producers such as Quinton Claunch of the Memphis Goldwax label and Stan Lewis's Shreveport La, Jewel operation. These included those for Lowell Fulsom,Charles Brown and Ted Taylor, some recorded at Rick Hall's Fame studio where Eddie would get to meet Otis Redding during an Arthur Conley session. Eddie soon fell in with fellow 'Shoals' session players and writers, Donnie Fritts, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, Jimmy Johnson, David Hood and Roger Hawkins .In May of 1968 Messrs. Greene and Hinton received a letter from Atlantic Records Jerry Wexler informing them that he had signed Dusty Springfield and he would like them singularly, or collectively to write a song especially for her.
The challenge was accomplished with the song 'Breakfast In Bed', written by Eddie and Donnie Fritts. The song became part of the 'Dusty In Memphis' album, and later would become an International hit for 'UB 40' featuring The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde.
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