Friday, September 16, 2011

Booker booked - Booker T. and the MG's - sans Booker T.

In the book I am reading about Atlantic Records and Ahmet Ertegun, called Music Man - Stax Records is mentioned prominently.  This record is by the MG's - aka the Memphis Group.  This is some bad stuff.  It's on the famous Stax records - aka Soulsville USA.  Booker T. and the MG's was the virtual house band for that label.  This version of the MG's has Al Jackson on drums, Bobby Manuel on guitar, the great Duck Dunn on bass of course, and Carson Whitsett on piano and organ.  It is from 1973 - this is fabulous.  But we have to consider this MG(D) Light.  Since two mainstays are missing, yes - frontman Booker T. Jones and all-time great guitarist Steve Cropper were estranged from Stax by the time this record came out.  Two singles were release off it, "Sugar Cane" and "Neck Bone."  Later on in 1975 - I read - Jones and Cropper agreed to reform the original lineup with Jackson and Dunn, but just days before their scheduled reunion, Jackson was murdered at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

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