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An old show from November 2008 as I am on vacation, and I picked it because you cannot tell when it was done- except for one instance where I mentioned Election Day, which it was.
This was the first and only time so far I have ever featured an instrumental band on the show- and I couldn’t have picked a better group than Booker T & The MG’s.
A popular soul band in the 60’s & 70’s, they were also the Memphis house band at the great Stax/Volt studios.
We will get into the history of the band.
Wait until you get a load of who and what they played behind!
You may not know however that Booker T was often at school, and his place in the band for session work was taken by Isaac Hayes.
Sometimes they even played together- one on organ, one on piano.
I’ll try to clear up some dispute over the group’s name.
You’ll hear some hits in this episode that have been unplayed for a long time, plus their most famous song.
Which in 1962 was released as the B-side of a single, the A-side called Behave Yourself.
That didn’t make it, but the famous flip side did, hitting # 3 on the Pop Charts.
I’ll play both, so you can hear that rarely played originally chosen A-side!
The oddest thing in this chapter is Engineer Ken Stanley nagging me to play a song I didn’t think was good enough.
It was Lonely Avenue, their interpretation of the old Ray Charles song.
He kept pushing, I said go ahead then, and he proclaimed it the best song we heard so far, lol!
See what you think.
Another half of Booker et al, coming soon.
Here are the links to listen while I relax and do nothing, lol, at Mike Pell Rockollections:

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Comment by Mike Pell on August 7, 2013 at 9:02am

RJ, since it was an old show I pulled Part 1 to make room for the new Mister chapter.

Part 2 is still there, but will be gone next week.

No Green Onions (I call them scallions, lol!) for you.


Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 7, 2013 at 8:37am

Mike, neither link is working.

Comment by Mike Pell on August 7, 2013 at 8:20am

I can't just drop everything and watch the movie, lol!

I don't have Netflix, so I'd have to wait for it on a premium channel or TCM.

I CANNOT watch movies on regular TV with commercials anymore!

Comment by Jon on August 7, 2013 at 7:02am

The backup band. Watch the movie and you'll see!

Comment by Mike Pell on August 6, 2013 at 8:41pm

Hey, I was wondering where the hell that sentence went...hahahahaha!

Came out twice.

Comment by Mike Pell on August 6, 2013 at 8:40pm

I've seen the Blues Brothers movie, but when was that?

I've seen the Blues Brothers movie, but when was that?

Even if I wasn't drinking back then I may not remember SOME of Booker T & The MG's being in it, lol!

You should have heard the song elsewhere, it's a Classic!

Comment by Jon on August 5, 2013 at 6:17am

No, Booker T & The MG's from the movie, not the song. But it's not the whole band that was in the movie, just some members. I'm guessing you've never seen that movie?

I've heard the song elsewhere.


Comment by Mike Pell on August 4, 2013 at 8:11pm
The Blues Brothers?
Oh, so you know Green Onions from The Blues Brothers movie.
They're scallions, aren't they, lol?
And Rjhog knows Booker T & The MG's because of Anton Fig, and Fig was in Kiss?
News to me!
I said hello to him one time when I was going from the radio station up to the Dakota (where John & Yoko Lennon lived), on Central Park West, that ritzy neighborhood.
Thanks for taking the time to listen & write, RJ must have heard it back in 2008, lol,
Comment by Jon on August 3, 2013 at 8:49am

This is how I know Booker T & The MG's:

The Blues Brothers!!!

I know the Green Onion song too. But it's mostly from The Blues Brothers (the movie, not their albums).

This is how Rjhog knows Booker T & The MG's:

Anton Fig! He was in Kiss!

The songs here were pretty good, nice version of S&G.

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