The Dozen Greatest Rock Instrumentals: #2 "Green Onions" Booker T. and the MGs (1962)

@JohnRoberts (60101)
Los Angeles, California
February 25, 2017 9:18am CST
If the Ventures are not the greatest rock instrumental group then it would be the great Booker T and the MGs and I do mean great. The group is highly respected and influential. The original lineup was Booker T. Jones (Hammond organ), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass) and Al Jackson Jr. (drums) and a racially mixed group was almost unheard of at the time. Donald "Duck" Dunn would replace Steinberg. They were the house band for Stax Records of Memphis and played on 100s of r&b recordings for the likes of Otis Redding and Sam and Dave plus playing backup in concert. In their spare time, Booker T and the MGs recorded on their own. Composed by Jones, “Green Onions” was the group’s biggest hit charting at Billboard #3. What can be said of this super cool classic? Just listen to Jones’ organ and Cropper’s guitar. “Green Onions” is arguably the greatest and most sampled rock instrumental of all time.
This version is not on youtube... the show is, but not in the way this is shot. It is not as crammed and shows Al Jackson Jr.(R.I.P.) a lot more! Enjoy, Rate...
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• United States
25 Feb 17
I had totally forgotten about Booker T....green onions certainty is a blast from the past
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@syeow1 (4909)
• India
25 Feb 17
Oh you really have a nice choice
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@FourWalls (14206)
• United States
25 Feb 17
A most outstanding choice, and a most obvious choice. Truly classic in every regard.
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@JohnRoberts (60101)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Feb 17
I figured those into instrumentals would know this one was coming high on the list but how could it not?
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@Corbin5 (109663)
• United States
25 Feb 17
A great one from the past. It really is a unique instrumental.
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@TheHorse (67105)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar 17
What number is Clapton's lead on Cream's classic take of Robert Johnson's Crossroads?
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@JohnRoberts (60101)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Mar 17
This is a strict instrumentals list. Crossroads is a vocal song. However an interesting list would be the greatest lead ins such as Smoke on the Water and Spirit in the Sky.
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@TheHorse (67105)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar 17
@JohnRoberts Oh, got it. Not sure I've seen every post. Right now I'm thinking In Memory of Elizabeth Reed by the Allman Brothers. Can it be an individual, without a band?
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@JohnRoberts (60101)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Mar 17
@TheHorse The list was all groups with the exception of Duane Eddy.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Feb 17
And very effectively used in American Graffiti. Love it!
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