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Booker T. Jones (born November 12, 1944) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known for fronting the band, Booker T. and the M.G.s. November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 49 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... In popular music an arrangement is a setting of a piece of music, which may have been composed by the arranger or by someone else. ... Frontman (also front man) is a term referring to the lead singer or band leader of a music group. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Booker T. & the M.G.s is a soul band, most prominent in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Jones had become an accomplished musician while still a child, playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, and piano at school and serving as organist at his church. He attended Booker T. Washington High School, the alma mater of Rufus Thomas and shared the hallowed halls with future stars like Isaac Hayes's writing partner David Porter; saxophonist Andrew Love of The Memphis Horns; soul singer/songwriter William Bell and Earth, Wind, and Fire's Maurice White. Flag Seal Nickname: The River City, The Bluff City, M-Town Location Location in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Shelby County Mayor W. W. Herenton (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 294. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... The oboe is a double reed musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... A grand piano, with the lid up. ... An organist is a musician who plays the organ, whether pipe or electronic. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Booker T. Washington Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American political leader, educator and author. ... Rufus 1990 album for Alligator Records, That Woman Is Poison! Rufus Thomas (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was a rhythm and blues and soul singer from Memphis, Tennessee, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. ... For the American arctic explorer, see Isaac Israel Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes (born August 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee) is an actor, and influential soul singer, Academy Award-winning songwriter, musician and arranger. ... David Porter (born 21 November 1941) is an American soul musician best known as the songwriting partner of Isaac Hayes during the 1960s. ... The Memphis Horns are an American horn section made famous by their many appearances on Stax Records. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Earth, Wind & Fire was a legendary American funk band, formed in Chicago in 1969. ... Maurice White - Munich, Germany 1975 Maurice White (born December 19, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an African-American soul, funk, and R&B singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and bandleader. ...


Jones's first entry into professional music came at age sixteen, when he played baritone saxophone on Satellite (soon to be Stax) Records' first hit, "Cause I Love You", by Rufus and Carla Thomas. Music is a form of art and entertainment or other human activity that involves organized and audible sounds and silence. ... Baritone saxophone The baritone saxophone is one of the larger and lower pitched members of the saxophone family. ... Stax Records was a Memphis, Tennessee based record label that existed from 1959 to 1976. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Rufus is a name that could refer to one of the following: Rufus (band), a 1970s/1980s funk band fronted by Chaka Khan Rufus (actor), a french actor Rufus, the forgotten 13th apostle played by Chris Rock in the film Dogma Rufus the naked mole rat from Disneys TV... Carla Thomas (born December 21, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee) is often referred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul. ...


While hanging around the Satellite Record Shop run by Estelle Axton, co-owner of Satellite Records with her brother Jim Stewart, Jones met record clerk Steve Cropper, who would become one of the MGs when the group formed in 1962. Besides Jones on organ and Cropper on guitar, Booker T. and the MGs featured Lee Steinberg on bass guitar and Al Jackson, Jr. on drums (Donald "Duck" Dunn eventually replacing Steinberg). While still in high school, Jones wrote - and the group recorded - the instrumental "Green Onions", which not only became a hit in 1962, but remains an enduring classic more than 40 years later. Estelle Axton was the co-founder (with her brother Jim Stewart) of Stax Records. ... Jim Stewart can refer to any of the following people Jim Stewart was an ice hockey player in the National Hockey League Jim Stewart (music) co-founder of Satellite Records This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Steve The Colonel Cropper (born Stephen Lee Cropper, on October 21, 1941) is a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and soul musician. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... An organ is the following: In anatomy, an organ is a group of tissues which perform some function. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... This article needs cleanup. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is mostly a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Donald Duck Dunn (born November 24, 1941) is a bassist, producer, and songwriter. ... High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. ... A U.S. Postage Stamp commemorating one hundred years of sound recording. ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or piece without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... Green Onions is a soul album by Booker T. & the M.G.s, released on Stax Records in October of 1962 (see 1962 in music). ... A classic is an item that has become a ubiquitous and unique symbol or icon of a time gone by, mainly because of its inherent quality or its representative status. ...


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Over the next few years, Jones would divide his time between his studies at Indiana University, playing with the MGs, serving as a session musician with other Stax acts, and writing songs that would become classics. He wrote, with Eddie Floyd, "I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)", Otis Redding's "I Love You More Than Words Can Say", and with William Bell, Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign." The latter would later be popularized in the cover version by power trio Cream. Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... Session musicians are musicians available for hire, as opposed to musicians who are either permanent members of a musical outfit or who have acquired fame in their own right. ... Stax Records was a Memphis, Tennessee based record label that existed from 1959 to 1976. ... Eddie Floyd (b. ... Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... Albert King performing at the Wattstax Concert, 1972. ... Born Under A Bad Sign is a Blues album by Albert King, recorded between 1966 and 1967, and released in 1967 by Stax Records. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Cream was a 1960s British supergroup which featured guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. ...


In 1970, Jones moved to California and stopped playing sessions for Stax, after becoming frustrated with Stax's treatment of the MGs as employees rather than musicians. While still under contract to Stax, he appeared on Stephen Stills' eponymous album (1970). The 1971 album, Melting Pot would prove to be the last Booker T. & the MGs album. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Stephen Stills Stephen Arthur Stills is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... Booker T. & the M.G.s is a soul band, most prominent in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


Jones produced three albums with his former wife, under the name Booker T. & Priscilla, as well as making the charts as a solo artist in 1981 with "I Want You". He also produced Priscilla's sister Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers's album Just As I Am (on which he also played several instruments), and Willie Nelson's album Stardust. He also played with Ray Charles and Neil Young. Jones currently still plays with Booker T. & the MGs and his own Booker T. Jones Band. In music, solo means to play or sing alone. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a American singer. ... Bill Withers (born July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, West Virginia) is an American singer-songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 1960s until the mid 1980s. ... Willie Nelson performing at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. ... Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004). ... Neil Percival Young OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist and film director who grew up during his teen years in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... Booker T. & the M.G.s is a soul band, most prominent in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


He currently resides in Tiburon, California with his two kids and wife


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