Although we have heard some wonderful soul vocals over the past few days it is important to remember that there was more to soul music than vocals. As a proof of that point, today I offer up a Two’Fer Tuesday post featuring Booker T and the MGs.
The band ( Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums))started as the house band for the might Stax record label in Memphis playing backing tracks for a whole host of amazing soul artists during the 60s and 70s. They also managed to make some pretty amazing instrumental music playing under their own name, Booker T and the MGs.
How good were they? Let me put it this way….inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 along with Jimi Hendrix! No more more words needed……let’s listen to two of their greatest hits Time is Tight and Green Onions …….
That wasn’t your imagination, the members of Creedence Clearwater Revival were watching Booker T and the MGs from back stage during their performance of Time is Tight. Man these guys were tight!