Morning Song – Green Onions
One of the problems with sharing books is they sometimes don’t get returned. That’s happened to me twice with Dave Marsh’s “The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made”. Despite not having seen the book for at least a decade, I’m pretty sure I remember Marsh’s complete review for Booker T. and the MGs instrumental hit (#2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the fall of 1962), “Green Onions”: What happens when the world’s greatest backup band decides it’s finally time to be noticed.
Noticed they were, as “Green Onions” went to #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1962.
Craig Werner devotes a chapter and more of A Change Is Gonna Come to the unique place Memphis holds in the racial and musical history of mid-20th century America. Booker T. Jones, Alan Jackson Jr., Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn not only were the house band for Stax/Volt Records. They also embodied the creative tension that made Memphis a great center for Southern soul and popular music. As white drummer Jim Dickinson put it, “The Memphis sound is something that’s produced by a group of social misfits in a dark room in the middle of the night….The diametric opposition, the racial collision, the redneck versus the ghetto black is what it is all about…“.