Virtually every recording at Stax had Booker T. And The MG’s, supporting, backing, sometimes writing and producing for the other house artists.
As part of the Mar-Keys the original line up plus the ‘Memphis Horn’ section had a USA hit with
‘Last Night’ and in their own right with the world famous ‘Green Onions’. The fantastic catalogue of Stax music stands as a monolithic musical achievement to
Booker T. And The MG’s .
Unlike the invisible house band at Motown (The Funk Brothers; all fine
musicians) where only a few became better known i.e. Earl Van Dyke and Choker Cambell: Booker T. And The MG’s Steve Cropper lead guitar, Duck Dunn bass guitar, Al Jackson Jr. drums, and
Booker T. Jones on Hammond Organ; each in their own right became ‘personalities in the music world and especially well known in England, where ‘Soul’ music found generations of devoted fans. Appreciation of the ‘Stax’ sound went hand in glove with appreciation of Booker T. And the MG’s
The rest of the hard working all star blues brothers are gonna be out here in a minute, including my little brother Jake. but right now, I’d like to talk a little bit about this tune
you’re hearing. This is of course is the green onions tune. it was a very big hit in the early sixties in this country, and of course it was composed and recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, right here in these united states of America. You know, people, I believe that this tune can be acquainted with the great classical music around the world.
Now you go to Germany, you’ve got your Bach, your Beethoven, your Brahms... here in America you’ve got your Fred McDowell, your Irving Berlin, your Glenn Miller, and your Booker T. & the MG’s
People. Another example of the great contributions in music and culture that this country has made around the world, and as you look around the world today, you see this country spurned.
You see backs turned on this country
Well people, I’m gonna’ tell you something; this continent, North America, is the stronghold!
This is where we’re gonna’ make our stand in this decade! Yeah.
I’ve got something to say to the state department. I say take that archaic Monroe doctrine, and that Marshall plan that says we’re supposed to police force the world, and throw ’em out!
let’s stay home for the next ten years people! Right here in North America and enjoy the music and culture that is ours. Yeah.
I got one more thing to say.
I’m just talking about the music, people, and what it does to me, and that is, as you look around the world, you go to the Soviet Union or Great Britain or France, you name it, any country...and every-body is doing flips and twists just to get into a genuine pair of American blue jeans! and to hear this music and we got it all here in America, the land of the Chrysler 440 cubic inch engine! “