October 21: Happy 79th Birthday Steve Cropper

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Sure, I’ve always dug Steve Cropper… his guitar playing. Ever since the first Booker T. record. I heard that back in the Midwest. Yeah, everybody was playing like him.
~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, 29 Nov. 1969)

Memphis is in a very lucky position on the map. Everything just gravitated to Memphis for years.
~Steve Cropper[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Booker T & The MG’s – Green Onions:

From rollingstone.com:

As a member of the stax records house band Booker T. and the MG’s, Steve Cropper, a white guy from Willow Springs, Missouri, was a prime inventor of black Southern-funk guitar — trebly, chicken-peck licks fired with stinging, dynamic efficiency. If Cropper had never played on another record after 1962’s “Green Onions,” his stabbing-dagger lines would have ensured him a place on this list. But he also played on — and often co-wrote and arranged — many of the biggest Stax hits of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Four decades after “Green Onions,” he continues to perform and record with his seminal, down-home touch.
…..Read more: rollingstone.com – steve cropper

From Wikipedia:

Born October 21, 1941 (age 79)
Dora, Missouri, United States
Genres Rhythm and blues, soul, funk,electric blues, blues
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer,actor
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1958–present
Labels Stax
Associated acts Booker T. & the M.G.’s, The Mar-Keys, The Blues Brothers, Otis Redding, The Jeff Beck Group,Sam and Dave, Ringo Starr,John Lennon, Carla Thomas,Tower of Power, Wilson Pickett,Eddie Floyd, Ambergris
Website www.playitsteve.com

Steve Cropper (born Steven Lee Cropper, October 21, 1941, Dora, Missouri), also known as Steve “The Colonel” Cropper, is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and has backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor, also acting as producer on many of these records. He later gained fame as a member of the Blues Brothers band.

Booker T & The MG’s – Time is Tight (rare live footage):


  • In 1992, Booker T. & the M.G.’s were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • In 1996, Cropper was named “the greatest living guitar player” by Britain’s Mojo magazine.
  • When asked what he thought of Cropper, the guitarist Keith Richards said, “Perfect, man.”
  • Rolling Stone lists him 36th on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
  • On November 12, 2009, EMP/SFM presented Cropper with their “Founders Award.”
  • On October 17, 2010, Cropper was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Steve Cropper

Cropper appeared with a new line-up of the Booker T. & the M.G.’s for the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert in October 1992 at Madison Square Garden, performing songs by and backing Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Chrissie Hynde, Sinéad O’Connor, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young. The concert was recorded and later released as The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (1993). Young later recruited this line up of Booker T. and the M.G’s, to tour with him and record as his studio band.
Neil Young & Booker T & The MG’s – All Along The Watchtower:

Album of the day – Green Onions (1962):


From allmusic.com – Bruce Eder:

There’s not a note or a nuance out of place anywhere on this record, which was 35 of the most exciting minutes of instrumental music in any category that one could purchase in 1962 (and it’s no slouch four decades out, either). “I Got a Woman” is the single best indicator of how superb this record is and this band was — listening to this track, it’s easy to forget that the song ever had lyrics or ever needed them, Booker T. Jones’ organ and Steve Cropper’s guitar serving as more-than-adequate substitutes for any singer. Their version of “Twist and Shout” is every bit as satisfying. Even “Mo’ Onions,” an effort to repeat the success of “Green Onions,” doesn’t repeat anything from the earlier track except the tempo, and Jones and Cropper both come up with fresh sounds within the same framework.   .. read more over @ allmusic.com

– Hallgeir & Egil

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