Booker T & The MGs’ Green Onions; When Instrumentals Were Fun!

Booker T & The MGsGreen Onions (composed by Jones, Cropper, Steinberg, Jackson) is probably the singularly most engrained piece of music in my mind’s repertoire. If I’m on the road late at night- it could pop into my ear; anticipating a gig- it could pop into my ear; recalling fun times it could pop into my ear etc.. I must admit however, that hearing it in that DEPENDS commercial kind of messes with my sentiments (hey, biz is biz- it’s good for Booker T and the boys who wrote it)!

Originally a “B” side, this jam has turned up on many movie sound tracks and commercials. Let’s click back to 1962 and relish everything great about Booker T & The MGs‘ Green Onions, from Booker T’s organ tone to Steve Cropper‘s “tele” whine that combine to make up this very hip “eargasm”…

Personnel as determined: Booker T Jones organ; Steve Cropper guitar; Lewie Steinberg bass; Al Jackson Jr. drums.

We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.


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