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Green Onions by Booker T and The MG’s

Booker T and the MGs Green Onions

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Instrumental Soul

The composition “Green Onions” by Booker T. & The M.G.’s is a funky and bluesy instrumental that always sounds hot. Maybe that’s why it’s been used so many times in radio, TV, movies, and ads. This includes (among many others): American Graffiti, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Get Shorty, Happy Gilmore, A Single Man, Quadrophenia, Memphis Beat, X-Men: First Class, the commercial for Chicken Run, and part of the music loop in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.  The instrumental was written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg, and Al Jackson, Jr. In 1962, it reached #1 on the R&B Chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It features a Hammond organ and a Fender Telecaster guitar. Booker T. & the M.G.’s were session musicians for Stax Records in Memphis and recorded with numerous Stax artists, including Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and Isaac Hayes. The story goes that the  group named themselves after the British MG sports car, but the record company objected and the M.G. came to stand for “Memphis Group.”

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6 Comments

  1. Al Wickline says:

    This was music to dance to make love to even work to an my girl friend Ginny says An I quote Her Al you have a song in mind for everything

  2. Keith Henderson says:

    Nice to find you

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