60s Flashback: Booker T. & the MGs



It’s hard to overstate the impact of Booker T. & the MGs. In the 1960s, as members of the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla and Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor.

The band was made up of Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums). Booker T’s still making music. On April 21, 2009, he released Potato Hole, a new album in collaboration with the band Drive-By Truckers and featuring Neil Young on guitar. A few years later, he released “The Road from Memphis”, which won a Grammy Award. He’s still got it 53 years after forming that house band in 1962.

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