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: