Monday, January 19, 2015

Booker T. & the M.G.'s

Leave it to TomZap to bring up anything and everything. Somebody jumps into a Motel thread with a fan of Booker T. the M.G.'s. Out of nowhere, out of the blue, out of the TomZap mouth. I vaguely remember this song but "Green Onions" was the coolest thing ever back in the early '60's. I posted this video because I thought they didn't do live performances and just played studio. Studio would have been my choice rather than stage shows and the craziness. 

Booker T. and the M.G.'s is an instrumental R and B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. Original members of the group were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums). In the 1960s, as members of the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla and Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. They also released instrumental records under their own name, such as the 1962 hit single "Green Onions". As originators of the unique Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of their era. By the mid-1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic were trying to sound like Booker T. and the M.G.'s.

Just had to include Green Onions


john Calypso said...

Some heavy weight musicians in that band - I encountered a few of them in my working career - who knew? Well in a way I guess we did ;-)

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