Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Booker T.’s “Green Onions”

Booker T. Jones performs his 1962 blues instrumental hit “Green Onions,” which he recorded at 17 on a Hammond organ with his MG's (“Memphis Group”). Rolling Stone listed it as 183rd in its "500 Greatest Songs" list. When asked why he named the song "Green Onions," Booker T. responded,"Because that is the nastiest thing I can think of and it's something you throw away."


Michael The Molar Maven said...

MGs - Memphis Group? I didn't know that! The MGs were/are one of the greatest bands ever (Jones, Cropper, Dunn, Jackson), backing some of the greatest artist ever - too many to list. Is there a more popular rock instrumental than "Green Onions"? I always wondered how composers decided on a title of a song with no lyrics.

Jeff Tone said...

Glad to provide the information to the well-versed host of "St. James Infirmary." Regarding the title, why would Booker T. want this tune to be named after something nasty?