Booker T. & the MG’s grew out of a pair of boyhood friendships in Memphis. Guitarist Steve Cropper (born October 21,1942) and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn (born November 24, 1941) attended Messick High School and played together in an all-white R&B band called the Royal Spades.
On the other side of town, drummer Al Jackson, Jr, (born November 27, 1934) and bassist Lewis Steinberg (born September 13, 1933) were regulars in the all-black band at the Plantation Inn.
In I960, Stax Records and its affiliated record shop had just opened on East McLemore Avenue. Steve Cropper was a clerk in the record shop and an assistant studio engineer. One of Steve’s regular customers was sixteen-year-old Booker T. Jones (born December 11, 1944), already an accomplished keyboard and horn player.
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