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Booker T & The MGs

Booker T & The MGs

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Booker T. Jones (2006)

Interview by Joel Selvin, Selvin On The City, KSAN 107.7, 2006

The Booker T & The MGs mainman talks about the Stax years, working with the likes of Otis Redding and Albert King, making 'Green Onions', and on to later projects with Santana, Neil Young and Boz Scaggs.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.5mb; Interview length: 27' 5"; sound quality: *****

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Booker T & The MGs: College Comes First For Jones

Report and Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, 27 August 1965

FEW FULL-TIME college students could find enough time, energy or initiative to record and promote a record like the 1964 hit 'Green Onions'. But Booker ...

Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge et al: New Albums Reviewed by Norman Jopling and Peter Jones

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 14 January 1967

Rhythm & Blues galore! ...

Otis Redding, Sam & Dave et al: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 25 March 1967


Otis Redding, Sam & Dave et al: Stax/Volt Revue Tour, Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, 25 March 1967


Otis Redding, Sam and Dave et al: "Hit the Road Stax", Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 25 March 1967

Stax sensation ...

Stax Volt

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 25 March 1967

Sometimes, fame comes to a label as well as a star — like Tamla Motown. Now here's Stax Volt from America with hot soul discs, ...

Stax-Volt Review: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Bill Millar, Soul Music, April 1967

It was perfectly clear that every performer on the Stax show was going to receive the most sympathetic applause should he or she subsequently turn ...

R.M. Stax Show Review Row — Label Manager Replies To Criticism

Readers' Letters by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 1 April 1967

RECORD MIRROR'S Norman Jopling went to the very first performance of the "Hit The Road Stax" tour in Britain — first house at Finsbury Park. ...

Various Artists: Hit The Road Stax; Sam and Dave: Double Dynamite (both Stax)

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, 8 April 1967

Sam and Dave plus a Stax of soul! ...

Singles, including the Who, Neil Diamond and the Bee Gees

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 22 April 1967


Who, Prince Buster, Bee Gees et al: New Singles Reviewed

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 22 April 1967

Top class, dramatic newie from Bee Gees, and a not so commercial Tremeloes — slow soul from Sam & Dave, & delicate new P. P. ...

Keith Altham Planes West to Cover America's Monterey Pop Festival and Cables This Day-By-Day Report

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 June 1967

WE DROVE to London Airport in Animal manager Mike Jeffery's Rolls-Royce while he dictated a few last minute instructions to assistant Tony Garland — "Ring ...

The Stax Story: Steve Cropper (part 1)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1967

This Steve Cropper interview begins a series on Stax Records in Memphis. ...

The Stax Story: Steve Cropper (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, October 1967

IN THIS FINAL installment of the Steve Cropper interview, Steve gives some excellent advice to guitarists who want to become studio musicians. We hope you ...

The Stax Story (part 3): Booker T. Jones

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1967

BOOKER T. JONES was born in Memphis, Tennessee, November 12, 1944. He started playing the organ professionally at the age of fourteen. During his high ...

The Stax Story (part 4): Al Jackson

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

BORN NOVEMBER 27, 1935, in Memphis, Tennessee, Al studied drums in high school, and played with his father's band until he formed his own nine-piece ...

The Stax Story (part 5): Duck Dunn

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

DONALD V. DUNN was born on November 24, 1941, in Memphis, Tennessee and he learned to play the bass in high school. He now resides ...

James Brown, Box Tops, Albert King, Otis Redding et al, Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 18 May 1968

Loads of R&B albums including Otis' great Dock Of The Bay LP ...

Mothers of Invention, B.B. King, Booker T. & the MGs: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 7 June 1968

America's Musical Soul Shines Through ...

Booker T. puts hits before tours

Profile and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 25 January 1969

SOUL is a much maligned word which tends to bring a sneer to the lips of the musical cynics, probably because there has been so ...

Stax Horns Into the Pop Market for Sound Success

Profile and Interview by Pete Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 1969

MEMPHIS — A run-down movie theater in a threadbare black neighborhood is the home of Stax Records, a label whose 40 employees and 10 or ...

Hey, Mr. Bassman

Overview by Lenny Kaye, Fusion, 19 September 1969

THE ELECTRIC revolution that helped to spawn rock and roll also helped to popularize a whole new set of instruments to take along on its ...

Booker T. & the MGs, Blue Mink: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 28 February 1970

BOOKER T. JONES and his group of Memphis musicians don't belong in any bag. You have to forget the categories where they are concerned and ...

Booker T And The MGs/Blue Mink/Jimmy Ruffin: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1970

THE HAMMERSMITH Odeon has been the scene of great jubilation and triumph for many top r&b/soul artists in the last few years and soul fans ...

Bill Justis: The Baldest Rock'n'Roll Star

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 7 March 1970

THE PRESS reception is for Booker T and the MG's. They introduce themselves through the mike on a stage at one end of the room, ...

ROY CARR, who joins NME this week, conducts an Ask-in with... STEVE CROPPER

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 14 March 1970

Guitar ace with Booker T, Stax producer and formerly with Otis Redding's show ...

Booker T-MGs Invade Beatle Land

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 13 June 1970

THINK YOU recognise the album cover on the right? Well, just look again! It's the sleeve to Booker T & the MG's new album McLemore ...

Booker T & The MGs: McLemore Avenue (Stax)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 20 June 1970

NICE IDEA – they play all the tunes from Abbey Road, and imitate the sleeve of that album by picturing the four MGs crossing McLemore ...

Booker T. & the M.G.s: McLemore Avenue (Stax Stereo SXATS 1031).

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 4 July 1970

A COVER VERSION of the entire Beatles Abbey Road album — complete with Booker T. and the boys in Beatle-like post on the cover — ...

Booker T And MG's: Still Very Much Together

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 8 January 1971

IN THE British music press of late, there have been numerous rumours that Booker T. and the M.G.s have split up or are about to ...

MM in Memphis: Cropper Soul Picker Supreme

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 30 January 1971

Richard Williams with the first of a series of profiles from America's soul centre... ...

Do Booker T and M.G.'s still exist?

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 22 October 1971

DONALD 'DUCK' Dunn, best known in R&B circles for his invaluable contribution to our music via Booker T. & The M.G.'s, was recently in London ...

Stacks of Stax: Stax Releases

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, 26 May 1979

Steve Cropper/Pop Staples/Albert King: Jammed Together (Stax 3009) Booker T & The MGs: Time Is Tight — The Best Of… (Stax STX 3007) The Emotions: ...

Steve Cropper: The Man Who Wrote The Book

Interview by Bill Bentley, L.A. Weekly, 1 May 1980

THE LATE sixties were a time for guitars, and five musicians — fifty fingers — appeared to naturally jump to the center of attention: Jimi ...

Memphis Sunset: The Mysterious Death of Stax Heartbeat Al Jackson, Jr.

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, Grand Royal, Fall 1997

JULY 31, 1975 – Booker T & the MGs drummer and Stax session musician Al Jackson, Jr. is shot in the chest with a .22-caliber ...

Various Artists: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-68

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, September 1998

Epic set of Sixties soul classics, formerly import-only ...

The Backroom Boys: Booker T & the MGs

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 2001

IF EVER THERE WAS a piece of music that deserved the epithet "timeless", it’s Booker T. & the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’. The most basic of ...

Booker T. Jones (2006) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Joel Selvin, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 2006

This is a transcript of Joel's radio interview with the great M.G.s mainmain. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

40 Years of Ardent

Retrospective and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 26 October 2006

FOR MANY music afficionados, Memphis' Madison Avenue is the Southern equivalent of Abbey Road. Yet thousands cruise past the low-slung brick building at 2000 Madison ...

Booker T. & the MGs: Soul Survivors

Retrospective and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 3 May 2007

Decades after helping create the Stax groove, no one represents the living legacy of Memphis soul quite like Booker T. & the MGs. ...

Visiting Royalty

Retrospective and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 3 May 2007

Stax artists weren't the only ones who wanted to record at Soulsville: Tales of the ones who got away and one who didn't. ...

Starting All Over Again: Stax's 50th at the Orpheum, Memphis

Live Review by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 28 June 2007

Glorious past and uncertain future of Stax on stage at the Orpheum ...

Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding DVD; Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967 DVD

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

REELIN' IN THE Years Productions and Stax Records (a division of Concord Music Group) has issued Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding on ...

Duck Dunn and the Stax Attack

Comment by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, 15 May 2012

DUCK DUNN was one of the lucky ones – he had a name right from the start. ...

How Stax Records Merged the Music and the Message in 1968

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 22 October 2018

AS BOTH THE history books and an endless stream of 50th anniversary documentaries have taught us, 1968 was an Especially Important Year in the United ...

see also Steve Cropper

see also Booker T. Jones

see also Mar-Keys, The

see also Memphis Horns, The


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