In the midst of the segregated South, Stax Records existed as an environment where both black and white musicians could work together harmoniously. Skin tone did not matter within the confines of the Stax recording studios and its adjoining Satellite Record Shop. It has often been said that the only tone that mattered there was the tone coming out of the instruments.
Booker T. & the M.G.'s were the in-house backing band responsible for crafting the soul sound for all Stax recordings. Playing behind soul legends like Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor, Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave, the original members of the group―Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums)― helped set the stage for the integration of soul music in the deep South.
In addition to backing solo acts signed to both Atlantic Records and Stax Records, the group also released instrumental singles and albums. The 1962 hit "Green Onions" is perhaps their most famous recording. Constructing the original Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of their era.
Today the members of Booker T. & the M.G.'s continue to perform and work as living musical legends. Their legacy is cemented in space and time through their work as members of the Atlantic Records family of labels. Check out the band’s artist page on iTunes and stay connected with the recordings, both new and old.
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