Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg (replaced by Donald “Duck” Dunn), Al Jackson Jr, and Steve Cropper were some of the finest session players for the Stax label. One day Billy Lee Riley did not show for a session so the foursome began playing in the studio to pass the time. They began improvising and the recording machines were running. And so “Green Onions” was born.
“Green Onions” is one of the more recorgnizable instrumentals of the rock and roll era. It has been used in dozens of movies and television commercials. It reached number three on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart and topped the Rhythm & Blues Chart.
Jackson died in 1975 but Jones, Cropper, and Dunn played together until Dunn’s death in May of 2012. Booker T. & The MG’s were elcted to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1992.