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is a bass and tuba player, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer noted primarily for his work with Bonnie Raitt
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. He is also a respected session musician
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who has recorded and performed with Ringo Starr
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, John Mayall
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, John Hall, Aaron Neville
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, Dr. John
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, Willy DeVille
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, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Maria Muldaur
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, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and many others.
His long collaboration with Raitt began when he attracted Raitt's attention as a member of Philadelphia's Edison Electric Band in the 1960s. Freebo was soon in great demand for studio work and touring.http://www.swarthmore.edu/bulletin/index.php?id=463
In recent years, he has recorded three solo albums: The End Of The Beginning
(1999), Dog People
(2002), and Before The Separation