Green Onions – Booker T & The MGs

August 5, 2018

Booker T and the MGs, was not only a popular band in their own right, but they were also the house band for Stax Records. Similar to Motown Records, Stax Records had to establish itself as the purveyors of Southern and Memphis Soul. The original members of the band were Booker T. Jones on Hammond organ, Steve Cropper on lead guitar, Lewie Steinberg on bass and Al Jackson Jr. on…

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Soul/R&B Musicians that Died in June

Davis Eli “David” Ruffin, (The Temptations, Soul Stirrers), June 1, 1991 Anthony “Tony” Ulysses Thompson, (Hi-Five), June 1, 2007 Franklin Delano “Junior” Alexander Braithwaite, (Wailers), June 2, 1999 Benny Spellman, June 3, 2011 Cornelius “Neeny,” Richard Harp, (The Marcels), June 4, 2013 Jayare Cahron Childs, (Cali Swagg District), June 6, 2014 Marvin Isley (The Isley Brothers), June 6, 2010 Billy Preston, June 6, 2006 Melvin “Lil Phat” Vernell III, June…

October 11, 2017
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Soul Man – Sam and Dave

Sam and Dave a duo act from Stax Records. Checkout the backing band they are Booker T and the MGs, with the Memphis Horns. They backed just about every major star at Stax. When Booker T was off studying at University none other than Isaac Hayes would take his place. Sam Moore and David Prater, were a R&B, Soul duo, always brought their listeners to their feet. Once again we…

November 3, 2016
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Land Of A Thousand Dances – Wilson Pickett

The Wicked Wilson Pickett, played the Capitol Theatre, Ottawa, Canada and I had an opportunity to interview him after his performance, courtesy of the producers. He returned in 2001, to play at the Ottawa Blues Festival. His presentation was that of a Baptist Minister and that is were he came from like so many other Soul pioneers. He had several songs, Midnight Hour, Mustang Sally, Land of a Thousand Dances…

November 3, 2016
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Soul Limbo – Booker T & the MGs

Last week we did a Motown Sound thing, this week I feel like touching on Southern Soul or Memphis Soul as it is popularly known. Booker T Jones and the MGs were the house band for Stax Records. They played on just about every record that was released by Stax. When they were not recording with other artists at Stax, they would fool around playing instrumentals. One of those sessions…

November 3, 2016
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“Try A Little Tenderness” – Otis Redding

Otis will always be one of my favourite singers. So much feeling in each song. We lost him much too soon. To the rest of the Soul and R&B follows and fans he has to be one of the greatest singers. To the cross-over sectors he is definitely the voice of Stax Records. “Try A Little Tenderness,” was also recorded by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra previously and the publishers…

September 11, 2016
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The Meaning of Soul Music

  I Love Music I have to thank my mother and father for introducing me to all genre of music, but especially the music of North America and the Caribbean. As my knowledge and curiousity grew I got to specialize in the type of music I wanted to purchase and listen. Do not get me wrong I still listen to all genre of music but the ones I listen to…

March 27, 2016
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