Booker T. & The M.G.’s

Booker T. & The M.G.'sFrom: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

This instrumental R&B group were influential in shaping the sound of southern soul and Memphis soul. Book T. & The M.G.’s originally consisted of Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums). The four were members of the house band of Stax Records in the 1960s, playing covers of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla and Rufus Thomas, and Johnnie Taylor, among others. They also released original material under the name Booker T. & The M.G.’s, including their 1962 hit single “Green Onions”. The band were the originators of the Stax sound, and soon became one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated acts of the era.

In 1965, Steinberg was replaced by Donoald “Duck” Dunn, playing with the group until his death in 2012. In 1975, Al Jackson Jr. was murdered. The trio of Dunn, Cropper, and Jones continued off and on using many different drummers.

Booker T. & The M.G.’s was one of the first bands that had racial integration. At the time, the soul music and Memphis music scene were considered to be the preserve of black culture, meaning the band was pushing the limits in terms of what was deemed “acceptable.”  The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

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From the 1967 album Hip Hug-Her
Hip Hug-Her

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From the 1968 album Soul Limbo
Soul Limbo

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