Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Booker T. & the M.G.'s live in Tunica, Mississippi, 2002
|Origin||Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, instrumental rock, southern soul, electric blues|
|Members||Booker T. Jones|
Donald "Duck" Dunn
|Past members||Lewie Steinberg|
Al Jackson, Jr.
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. 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.
Persons in the band[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Association with Stax http://www.discogs.com/artist/Booker+T+&+The+MG's
- Booker T & MGs prominent in 60s-70s http://www.history-of-rock.com/booker_t_and_the_mgs.htm Archived 2012-01-26 at WebCite
- "Ronnie Lane Interview #1, The-Faces.com" http://www.the-faces.com/lane/1LaneMain.htm Archived 2010-04-08 at the Wayback Machine
- "Booker T. and the M.G.'s". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
- Members of the group through the years http://www.history-of-rock.com/booker_t_and_the_mgs.htm Archived 2012-01-26 at WebCite