0032. Booker T. & The M.G.s – Green Onions [1962]


Booker T. & The M.G.s might sound unfamiliar to you, but if you listen to the song, “Mo’ Onions,” you’ll most likely recognize it from innumerable movies (especially ones from the early 90s).  Good stuff overall.  Very Wurlitzery blues. (For those who don’t know, a Wurlitzer is an iconic synthesizer).  I would probably listen to this outside this project, though I might skip, “Mo’ Onions,” due to its ubiquity in my memories of old movies.

Wikipedia Says:

Green Onions is the debut album by Booker T. & the M.G.s, released onStax Records in October 1962. It reached number 33 on the Pop Albums chart in the month of its release. The title single had been a huge hit worldwide and was coveredby dozens of artists, including the Blues Brothers (featuring guitaristSteve Cropper), the Ventures, Al Kooper, the Shadows, Mongo Santamaría, Roy Buchanan (also featuring Steve Cropper and Jan Hammer), Count Basie and many others.

Three previous Stax LPs – two by theMar-Keys, one by Carla Thomas – had been issued on Atlantic Records.Green Onions was the first album released on the Stax label proper. It was also Stax’s first charting album, peaking at number 33 on the Billboard200.[2] The album features onlyinstrumental songs and features Steve Cropper playing a Fender Telecaster.[3]

Track listing

Side one

  1. Green Onions” (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg, Al Jackson, Jr) – 2:45
  2. “Rinky Dink” (David Clowney, Paul Winley) – 2:39
  3. I Got a Woman” (Ray Charles, Renald Richard) – 3:32
  4. “Mo’ Onions” (Cropper, Jackson, Jones, Steinberg) – 2:50
  5. Twist and Shout” (Phil Medley, Bert Berns) – 2:09
  6. “Behave Yourself” (Cropper, Jackson, Jones, Steinberg) – 3:45

Side two

  1. Stranger on the Shore” (Acker Bilk, Robert Mellin) – 2:18
  2. Lonely Avenue” (Doc Pomus) – 3:25
  3. “One Who Really Loves You” (Smokey Robinson) – 2:22
  4. “You Can’t Sit Down” (Dee Clark, Kal Mann, Cornell Muldrow) – 2:46
  5. “A Woman, a Lover, a Friend” (Sidney Wyche) – 3:15
  6. “Comin’ Home Baby” (Bob Dorough, Ben Tucker) – 3:09


Chart history

Name Chart (1966) Peak
Green Onions U.S. Pop Albums Chart 33
“Green Onions” U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
“Green Onions” U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
“Mo’ Onions” U.S. Billboard Hot 100 97
“Mo’ Onions” U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 97

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