2019 American Music Awards

Spirit Acquires 'Fats' Catalog

Spirit Music Group (Spirit) has acquired the complete publishing catalog of Ferdinand "Fats" Washington, a blues and R&B songwriter best known for his collaborations with B. B. King and Lowell Fulson. Acquisition price was not disclosed.

The deal includes nearly 200 songs, including "Pledging My Love", which hit the Billboard Singles chart four times through the 50's and has been covered more than 150 times, including by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Emmylou Harris and Marvin Gaye; and "I'll Be Home", a Top 5 hit for Pat Boone in 1956, charting later for the Flamingos and the Platters and covered by other artists, including Gerry & The Pacemakers and Barbra Streisand, according to a Spirit release.

During his career, Washington collaborated with King, writing such songs as "Get Off My Back Woman" as well as "No Good", "You're Losing Me", "Don't Waste My Time" and "Waiting On You;" and with Fulson on songs like "Black Nights", "Talkin' Woman", "Blues Around Midnight" and "No More." Other collaborators Washington worked with include Stan Lewis, Larry Green and Maxwell Davis.

Washington's songs have been covered by Johnny Winter and Steve Miller, among others, and have been included on such movie soundtracks as "Back To The Future," "Christine" and "The Color Of Money."

"Fats Washington's songs left a huge imprint across Blues, R&B and Pop," said Spirit president/CEO Mark Fried "and we are excited about working with Betty Washington and her family in promoting his influential legacy of work."

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