Booker T & The MG’s

updated2See revised post: Booker T and The MG’s !

This group on the Stax label established the Memphis Sound and their first song, went on to national stardom…

Booker T. & the MG’S
(left to right Donald “Duck” Dunn, Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper and Al Jackson)

Back in 1962, the thing about this group that was unusual and so significant: two white and two black musicians.

1.   Green Onions/ Stax 127/ 9/1/62/ #3 Billboard

2.   Hip Hug-Her/ Stax 211/ 5/20/67/ #37 Billboard
3.   Groovin’/ Stax 224/ 9/2/67/ #21 Billboard
4.   Hang ‘Em High (Clint Eastwood Movie)/ Stax 0013/ 12/28/68/ #9 Billboard
5.   Time is Tight (Movie Up Tight)/ Stax 0028/ 4/5/69/ #6 Billboard (my favourite)
6.   Mrs. Robinson/ (Dustin Hoffman movie)/ Stax 0037/ 7/5/69/ #37 Billboard
(I own the DVD of their European tour with Sam & Dave and, of course, Otis Redding.)

Some Album Cuts that never made the charts, but great music regardless:

1.   Everybody needs Somebody to Love

2.   Working in a Coal Mine
3.   Land of a Thousand Dances
4.   Melting Pot
Sadly, Al Jackson was murdered in 1975.



5 responses to “Booker T & The MG’s

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  2. Think the YouTube version of Green Onions is much stronger than the Stax recording. Tempo seems to be up a bit and everyone is bearing down on the groove. That organ sound is amazing.

  3. Yeah, Potsi… I agree – the video was done LIVE and you know how a much more soulful performance can come out of that situation, as opposed to the “sterility” of a recording studio, where they may have gone through the whole piece maybe 3 times before the producer said “ok”. The live version was much more in the pocket.

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