Green Onions for Breakfast? You Betcha!

“That nothing levels the field like music. When the music is right, race disappears, and people who enjoy it realize they have more in common than they thought.” –Booker T. Jones

On this day in 1962 when I was 9 and a half years old, Booker T. and the M.G.s released their great instrumental, Green Onions on Stax Records.

“It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity.  On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream.”

A few months ago, Tavis Smiley did a great one-on-one with Mr. Booker T. Jones. Watch it here.

Here’s a fun “Green Onions” video with lots of famous actors dancing to it:

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