Booker T. & the MGs - Green Onions

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Booker T. & the MGs - Green Onions
Studio album by Booker T. & the MGs
Released October 1962
Recorded June–August 1962
  • R&B
  • Soul
Length 34:55
  • Stax
  • Atlantic
Producer Jim Stewart
Booker T. & the MGs chronology
  Green Onions
Soul Dressing
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  Green Onions is the debut album by Booker T. & the MGs, released on Stax Records in October 1962. It reached number 33 on the pop album chart in the month of its release. The title single had been a hit worldwide and was covered by dozens of artists, including the Blues Brothers (featuring guitarist Steve Cropper), the Ventures, Al Kooper, the Shadows, Mongo Santamaria, Roy Buchanan (also featuring Steve Cropper and Jan Hammer), Count Basie and many others.

Three previous Stax LPs – two by the Mar-Keys, one by Carla Thomas – had been issued on Atlantic Records. "Green Onions" was the first album released on the Stax label. It was also Stax's first charting album, peaking at number 33 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album features only instrumental songs and features Steve Cropper playing a Fender Telecaster.

The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums you Must Hear Before You Must Die.



Track listing

Side one

  1. "Green Onions" (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg, Al Jackson Jr.) – 2:45
  2. "Rinky Dink" (David Clowney, Paul Winley) – 2:39
  3. "I Got a Woman" (Ray Charles, Renald Richard) – 3:32
  4. "Mo' Onions" (Steve Cropper, Al Jackson, Jr., Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg) – 2:50
  5. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Berns) – 2:09
  6. "Behave Yourself" (Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg) – 3:45

Side two

  1. "Stranger on the Shore" (Acker Bilk) – 2:18
  2. "Lonely Avenue" (Doc Pomus) – 3:25
  3. "The One Who Really Loves You" (Smokey Robinson) – 2:22
  4. "You Can't Sit Down" (Dee Clark, Kal Mann, Cornell Muldrow) – 2:46
  5. "A Woman, a Lover, a Friend" (Sidney Wyche) – 3:15
  6. "Comin' Home Baby" (Bob Dorough, Ben Tucker) – 3:09



  • Steve Cropper – guitar
  • Booker T. Jones – Hammond M3 Organ, guitar, keyboards
  • Lewie Steinberg – upright bass, bass guitar
  • Al Jackson Jr. – drums
  • Haig Adishian - cover design
  • Irving Schild - cover photography


Chart history

Name Chart (1966) Peak
Green Onions U.S. Pop Albums Chart 33
"Green Onions" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
"Green Onions" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
"Mo' Onions" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 97
"Mo' Onions" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 97




Booker T. & the MGs - Green Onions

UK Atlantic Plum/red 588033 stereo (1966).

This record for sale is the 1966 re-issue (2nd pressing), of the album first released in 1962.

Record produced by Jim Stewart.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The albums laminated cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

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