Booker T. & the M.G.'s

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The M.G.'s

Booker T. & the M.G.'s live in Tunica, Mississippi, 2002
Background information
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres R&B, instrumental rock, southern soul, electric blues
Years active 1962–1971
1973–1977
1994–present
Labels Atlantic, Stax
Website www.bookert.com
Members
Booker T. Jones
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Steve Cropper
Steve Potts
Past members
Lewie Steinberg
Al Jackson, Jr.
Willie Hall

Booker T. & the M.G.'s are a rhythm and blues (R&B) band that are important in the history of soul music. They started in 1960 when they played instrumental music for singers. They did not sing themselves. They worked at Stax Records, and played music on hundreds of important records by famous singers such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas and Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor.

They also make their own records. As they do not sing, these are instrumental records - music without singing. In 1962 they made a record called "Green Onions" which was a single, and this was a success.[1] People liked the sound of their music, and by the mid-1960s, bands in America and in Great Britain were trying to copy their sound.[2][3]

People liked them so much and felt they were so important they were given an award of being named in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.[4]

Persons in the band[change | change source]

Persons in the band when they started in 1960 were Booker T. Jones (organ and piano), Steve Cropper (electric guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass guitar), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).

Steinberg left the band in 1965, and Donald "Duck" Dunn joined the band. Since Al Jackson, Jr. was murdered in 1975, the band have used several drummers.[5]

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