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Booker T. Jones
Booker T. Jones was born in Memphis, TN, on November 12, 1944. He was a prodigy, playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, bass, and piano at school and organ at church. Jones's first entry into professional music came at age sixteen, when he played baritone saxophone on Satellite (soon to be Stax) Records' first hit "Cause I Love You".
 
While hanging around the Satellite Record Shop, Jones met record clerk Steve Cropper, who would become one of the MGs when the group formed in 1962. Besides Jones on organ and Cropper on guitar, Booker T. and the MGs featured Lewie Steinberg on bass guitar and Al Jackson, Jr. on drums (Donald "Duck" Dunn eventually replacing Steinberg). While still in high school, Jones co-wrote the group's classic instrumental "Green Onions", which was a massive hit in 1962. Over the next few years, Jones divided his time between studying music and playing with the MGs on the weekends. In 1970, Jones moved to California and stopped playing sessions for Stax.
 
Jones was married to Priscilla Coolidge in 1969. Jones produced Priscilla's 1st album "Gypsy Queen" in 1970, then the pair collaborated as a duo on 3 albums.
 
Making the charts as a solo artist in 1981 with "I Want You," he produced an album by Rita Coolidge. Jones has also added his trademark keyboard playing to artists ranging in genre from the R&B/pop/blues of Ray Charles to the folk rock/country rock of Neil Young.
 
In 1985, Booker married Nanine Warhurst. In 1995, Booker T. & the MG's won their first Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "Cruisin'". Jones was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and was honored with a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007. In 2007, Jones was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
 
In 2009, he released a new solo album, Potato Hole, featuring Neil Young. In 2011, Jones released "The Road from Memphis". This album won at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Jones holds a total of 4 Grammy Awards. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. from Wikipedia
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Discography
Green Onions
Stax S701
released 1962
recorded June through August 1962 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ
Packy Axton, Saxophone
Steve Cropper, Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Lewis Steinberg, Bass
Soul Dressing
Stax S705
released 1965
recorded 1965 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, piano, guitar
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Lewis Steinberg, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
And Now
Stax S711
released 1966
recorded 1966 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
In The Christmas Spirit
Stax S713
released 1966
recorded October 1966 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Hip Hug Her
Stax S717
released 1967
recorded May 1967 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, piano
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Back To Back
Stax S720
released 1967
recorded March 1967 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, piano
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Andrew Love, tenor sax
Joe Arnold, tenor sax
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Doin' Our Thing
Stax S724
released 1968
recorded November 1967 and February 1968 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, guitar, keyboards
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Soul Limbo
Stax STS-2001
released 1968
recorded January 1968 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, bass, guitar
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Up Tight
Stax STS-2006
released 1969
recorded June 1968 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, keyboards, bass, guitar
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
The Booker T. Set
Stax STS-2009
released 1969
recorded 1969 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, bass, guitar
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
McLemore Avenue
Stax STS-2027
released 1970
recorded 1970 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, piano, keyboards, guitar
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Melting Pot
Stax STS-2035
released 1971
recorded 1971 in Memphis, TN/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, keyboards
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Union Extended
Stax STX-1045
released 1976
never before unreleased material
Booker T. Jones, organ, keyboards
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr, drums
Universal Language
Asylum 7E 1093
released 1977 recorded 1977 in Hollywood, CA/USA
Booker T. Jones, organ, keyboards
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Willie Hall, drums
The Runaway
MCA 6282
released 1989
recorded 1989 in Cotati, CA and Hollywood, CA/USA
Booker T. Jones, Hammond B-3 organ, sax
Chris Hayes, guitar
Paul Jackson jr, guitar
Steve Lukather, guitar
Nathan East, bass
Jerry Hey, trumpet
Gary Grant, trumpet
Mark Russo, tenor sax
Dan Higgins, baritone sax
Bill Reichenbach, trombone
That's The Way It Should Be
Columbia CK 53307
released 1994
Booker T. Jones, Hammond organ, guitar, piano, keyboards
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Steve Jordan, drums
Soul Men
Stax SCD-8610-2
compilation
Booker T. Jones, keyboards
Steve Cropper, guitar
Lewie Steinberg, bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson jr., drums
Stax Profiles
Stax Stax 00252188615-2
compilation
Booker T. Jones, Hammond organ, guitar, piano, keyboards
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Steve Jordan, drums
Lewis Steinberg, bass
What A Wonderful World
Anti- 86907-2

Booker T. Jones, organ
Jolie Holland, vocals
Potato Hole
ANTI 6948-2
recorded 2009 in USA
Booker T. Jones, Hammond B-3 organ
Drive-By Truckers, backing
Shonna Tucker, bass
Brad Morgan, drums
Mike Cooley, guitar
Neil Young, guitar
Patterson Hood, drums
John Neff, guitar
Lenny Castro, percussion
Booker T. live at the Jazzfest Berlin

recorded live November 2009 in Berlin/Germany
Booker T. Jones, Hammond B-3 organ
no more details
The Road From Memphis
ANTI 7101-2
recorded 2011 in NYC/USA
Booker T. Jones, Hammond B-3 organ, piano, chimes
Owen Biddle, bass
Ahmir "Questlove” Thompson, drums
Dennis Coffey, guitar
Kirk Douglas, guitar
Stewart Killen, percussion
Sound The Alarm
Stax STX 34492 01
recorded 2013 in USA
Booker T. Jones, Hammond B-3 organ
Bobby Ross Avila, bass, guitar, piano, Wurlitzer
Iz Avila, drums, percussion
Memphis Soul Beat
Jasmine Records JASCD 758
compilation
Booker T. Jones, organ
The MG's
The Mar-Keys
The Triumphs
Charles "Packy" Axton, tenor sax
Gilbert Caples, tenor sax
Floyd Newman, baritone sax
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Steve Cropper, guitar
Chips Moman, guitar
Marvell Thomas, organ, piano
Jerry "Smootchy" Smith, keyboards
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Lewie Steinberg, bass
Curtis Green, drums
Howard Grimes, drums
Al Jackson jr., drums
Second Nature
Copenhagen Records 5638674962
recorded in Tarrytown, NY, Union City, NJ, Memphis, TN, Hollywood, CA, and Burbank, CA/USA
Michael Lington, alto sax
Neal Sugarman, tenor sax
Gary Topper, tenor sax
Cochemea Gastelum, baritone sax
Kirk Smothers, baritone sax
Brian Culbertson, trombone
Jason Yasinsky, trombone
Dave Guy, trumpet
Scott Thompson, trumpet
The Dap-Kings, horns
Phil Hamilton, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Ray Parker jr., guitar, keyboards
Michael Toles, guitar
Barry J. Eastmond, Fender Rhodes, piano, Wurlitzer
Booker T. Jones, Hammond organ
Shedrick Mitchell, Hammond organ
Ricky Peterson, Hammond organ
Lester Snell, Hammond organ
Alex Al, bass
Leroy Hodges, bass
Freddie Washington, bass
Teddy Campbell, drums
James Robertson, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Sy Smith, vocals
Note By Note
Edith Street Records ESR-51182

Booker T. Jones, Hammond B-3 organ, piano, vocals
Wesley Smith, horn
Justin Kirk, horn
Chris Bautista, horn
Teddy Jones, guitar, vocals
Amanda Lo, strings
Pete Jacobson, strings
Thomas Lea, strings
Melvin Brannon, bass
Stephen Ferrone, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Evvie McKinney, vocals
Joshua Ledet, vocals
Ayanna Irish, vocals
DeAndre Brackensick, vocals
Sharlotte Gibson, vocals
Ty Taylor, vocals
Matt Berninger, vocals

 
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