Formed in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in 1962 as a spin-off from the Mar-Keys, this instrumental outfit comprised Booker T. Jones (12 November 1944, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; organ), Steve Cropper (b. Stephen Lee Cropper, 21 October 1941, Dora, Missouri, USA; guitar), Lewis Steinberg (b. 13 September 1933, USA; bass) and Al Jackson Jnr. (b. 27 November 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 1 October 1975, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; drums). Green Onions, their renowned first hit, evolved out of a blues riff they had improvised while waiting to record a jingle. Its simple, smoky atmosphere, punctuated by Croppers cutting guitar, provided the blueprint for a series of excellent records, including Jellybread, Chinese Checkers, Soul Dressing, Mo Onions and Hip Hug-Her. Pared to the bone, this sparseness accentuated the rhythm, particularly when Steinberg was replaced on bass in 1964 by Donald...
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