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Donnie Fritts

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Instruments  Keyboard
Name  Donnie Fritts

Role  Songwriter
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Born  November 8, 1942 (age 73) Florence, Alabama, United States (1942-11-08)
Occupation(s)  Session musician, songwriter
Albums  Oh My Goodness, Prone To Lean, Everybody's Got a Song
Movies  Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo G, Jayne Mansfield's Car
Similar People  Dan Penn, Eddie Hinton, John Paul White, Arthur Alexander, Gary Nicholson

Associated acts  Kris Kristofferson

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Donnie Fritts (born November 8, 1942, Florence, Alabama) is an American session musician and songwriter. A recording artist in his own right, he has been Kris Kristofferson's keyboardist for over forty years as of 2013. In 2008, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He began playing drums in local bands such as The Satellites and Hollis Dixon & the Keynotes at age 15, and later developed into a session keyboard player.


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Working closely with Rick Hall, Billy Sherrill, Dan Penn, Arthur Alexander, David Briggs, Jerry Carrigan and Norbert Putnam, Fritts was involved in many of the early songs and recordings created in the Muscle Shoals music industry.

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In 2014, he appeared on Country Funk Vol. II, a compilation album from Light in the Attic. In 2015, he signed with Single Lock Records.

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Kris Kristofferson

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In 1965, Fritts signed with a Nashville publishing company. Songs which he wrote were recorded by Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. He later met Kris Kristofferson who was just beginning a career in songwriting. When forming his band, Kristofferson called on Fritts, who continued as his keyboard player for over two decades, performing live, on recordings and in numerous movies.

Film career

Through his association with Kristofferson, Fritts appeared in three of Sam Peckinpah's movies: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, and Convoy as well as other movies including A Star Is Born and Songwriter.

Recording artist

In 1974 Kristofferson and producer Jerry Wexler co-produced Prone To Lean at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Everybody's Got A Song was released in 1998. The album included guest appearances by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, Waylon Jennings, Delbert McClinton, Tony Joe White, Leroy Parnell & John Prine. It would be another ten years before Fritts released his third album One Foot in the Groove in 2008 produced by Dan Penn with Ron Laury, recorded at Dandy Studio in Nashville.


  • Prone To Lean (1974)
  • Everybody's Got A Song (1997)
  • One Foot in the Groove (2008)
  • Oh My Goodness (2015)
  • References

    Donnie Fritts Wikipedia