Booker T. & The MG’s

My Mom used to teach an exercise class in the mid- to late-1960s. In fact, her fellow teacher was Janice Kreutzmann, whose son became famous as the drummer for the Grateful Dead. Mom bought lots of 45s of her class, and for us. My parents were so hip back then. You don’t need to be part of druggy counterculture to be cool.

One of those 45s used in her classes was “Soul Limbo”, which later became the longtime theme for BBC cricket coverage. “Soul Limbo” remains my favorite song by Booker T. and the MG’s, the integrated Memphis quartet who form the backbone of the Stax record company:

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Here they are in 2009, performing “Time Is Tight” in front of a small European audience:

For me, the return to the third verse is just thrilling. In fact, you can see my comment underneath the video. Such simple, driving tension! At the core of my soul, all I really want to do is run around and chase a ball. “Time Is Tight” makes me want to run, though the old man just can’t take it anymore.

Green Onions, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭✭
Green Onions (live)*, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭✭✭
Groovin’, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭✭✭
Soul Dressing, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭
Boot-Leg, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭
Slim Jenkin’s Place, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭
Hip Hug-Her, Booker T. & the MG’s
Soul Limbo, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭✭✭✭
Hang ‘Em High, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭✭
Time Is Tight, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭✭✭
Melting Pot, Booker T. & the MG’s ✭✭

* Found on “Rock and Roll Hall OF Fame – Volume 2”

As the house band for Stax records, they backed Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. Guitarist Steve Cropper is famous for co-writing “Soul Man” and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”. Rather than include all of their songs here, I’ll include a few lesser-known songs that features the band:

Any Other Way, William Bell ✭✭
Sack O’ Woe, The Mar-Keys ✭✭
Big Bird, Eddie Floyd ✭✭
Able Mable, Mable John ✭✭
(I Love) Lucy, Albert King ✭✭
Love Is A Doggone Good Thing, Eddie Floyd ✭✭
I’m A Big Girl Now, Mable John ✭✭
What’ll I Do For For Satisfaction, Johnny Daye ✭✭
Your Good Thing (Is About To End), Mable John ✭✭✭
I Got To Love Somebody’s Baby, Johnnie Taylor ✭✭
B-A-B-Y, Carla Thomas ✭✭
Oh, Pretty Woman, Albert King ✭✭
Please Uncle Sam (Send Back My Man), The Charmels ✭✭
Raise Your Hand, Eddie Floyd ✭✭
Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One), Johnnie Taylor ✭✭
I Don’t Want To Lose Your Love, The Mad Lads ✭✭
Everybody Loves A Winner, William Bell ✭✭
Knock On Wood, Eddie Floyd ✭✭✭✭
You Don’t Miss Your Water, William Bell ✭✭✭

Also, Booker T. & the MG’s back up Boz Scaggs on a Fenton Robinson blues, on a recent Boz Scaggs’ greatest hits package. Highly recommended.

As The Years Go Passing By, Boz Scaggs ✭✭✭✭

Here are the young lions performing their biggest hit “Green Onions”, which lends itself well to live performance.

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