woensdag 17 juni 2009

Booker T & The MG's

In 1962 Booker T and the MG's was formed as the houseband for Stax-Volt records in Memphis Tennessee. Formed with Booker T Jones on organ, Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, Steve Cropper on guitar and Al Jackson on drums. They
backed all the great Stax-Volt stars on their tours and records, Rufus
Thomas, Carla Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, and the legendary Otis Redding. Booker T Jones co-wrote the blues classic Born under a bad sign, and Steve Cropper co-wrote classics, like Eddie
Floyds in the midnight hour and Otis Redding's dock of the bay. They also had their own hits, Groovin, Time is tight, hip-hug-her, Hang em high, Soul Limbo and last but not least Green Onions.

The band was officially disbanded
in 1972 and each followed their own careers. In 1975 they were planning a reunion, but drummer Al Jackson was shot to death when he discovered a burglar in his house in Memphis on October 1 1975. Booker and Cropper and Dunn reunited at several different occasions with different drummers, like
Willie Hall, Anton Fig, Steve Jordan and Jim Keltner. But for the long run Steve Potts filled in behind the drums. In the late seventies Cropper and Dunn got back together backing the Blues Brothers in the Saturday Night live
performances, concert tours and also in the 1980 cult movie of the same name, adding their distinct style to the Blues Brothers music.

They also got
back together again for the sequel in 1998 Blues Brothers 2000. The last few years Booker T and the MG's have been touring again on and off, bringing their classic vibes to the stage. Cropper and Dunn occasionally still play in the Blues Brothers band backing the original Elwood Dan Aykroyd and the
official brother of Jake (John Belushi) James Belushi.

Booker T and the MG's keeping the soul alive!!!

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