The Music Plays On — Booker T. Jones

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When an artist has such an overwhelming success with one tune, a tune that becomes a worldwide hit, it’s hard to see past this one bright star to see what this artist is all about. Booker T. Jones is one such artist.

Jones’ talent is the definition of what it means to be a studio musician. He can do it all. He was a child prodigy and could play any instrument that he put his hands to — oboe, saxophone, trombone, double-bass, and, of course, organ and piano. Born in 1944, by the age of 16, he was already a professional musician, and Booker T. and the MG’s was created in 1962.

On their first album was the song, Green Onions, and it quickly shot up the charts. It is considered as one of the most popular songs ever recorded that doesn’t have any lyrics. Here’s a great video of the band performing the song from Norway in 1967.

But, Booker T. Jones could so much more than just come up with an unforgettable bass line on the Hammond B3! And he has been proving that night after night in concert venues around the world since the early sixties. This is an incredible concert from the end of last November in Pennsylvania.

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Music Director of the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic

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