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It’d be difficult to chose just one Booker T. album to own, given the absurd splendor of the band’s output (even excluding their work as Stax Records' house band). But this boisterous instrumental gesture to early-’60s R&B, funk, blues, jazz, soul, surf, and gospel might be the one. The now-traditional title tune, led by Booker T.’s unmistakable organ runs, has seeped into public consciousness in myriad ways since its 1962 release. And the quartet’s freakishly skilled playing simply pops—witness the smoky groove on “Lonely Avenue,” the knee-knocking bounce behind “Twist and Shout,” and Steve Cropper’s guitar stingers in “Mo Onions.”

Customer Reviews

Yea Baby!

It took Shazam on my iPhone to get the name straight but "Green Onions" is just one of those songs that I'd hear being played as background to a bunch of video clips strung together for some TV special or something. Its always been an ear catcher. Great Stuff!

one of the best

"Green Onions" is a classic . . . . .

Love green onions!

Learning song on drums. Great tune!


Formed: 1962 in Memphis, TN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '10s

As the house band at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, Booker T. & the MG's may have been the single greatest factor in the lasting value of that label's soul music, not to mention Southern soul as a whole. Their tight, impeccable grooves could be heard on classic hits by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Albert King, and Sam & Dave, and for that reason alone, they would deserve their subsequent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But in addition to their formidable skills as...
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