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Jones is synonymous with classic soul/R first topping the charts in 1962 with his signature Green Onions with Booker T. the MG Prior to his performance Saturday at the Vogue, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the soul legend. 24: How did music enter your environment as a child? BTJ: My first acquisition was a tin drum from a five and dime store as a very young boy a toddler. Then came a ukulele. I followed the printed instructions on the box to learn how to form chords. I listened to my mother play Liszt and Chopin on coach outlet atlanta nightlife the piano from as early as I can remember. On the streets in downtown Memphis I heard blues from the sidewalk musicians. In church there was original gospel (Mrs. Lucie Campbell) and also more formal coach outlet coupons babies Bach. 24: Like we saw in the film The Wrecking Crew, did you ever do any studio sessions early on and appear on hit songs for which you were never identified? BTJ: There were many obscure sessions in Memphis when I was in my early teens. I performed as an artist (vocalist) and also as a piano session player. The most obscure, but famous session was probably with Bobby Darin in Hollywood as a Hammond organ sideman. He was recording for Atlantic Records and I was playing arrangements by Gene Page; the Blossoms coach outlet atlanta qb were on that session as background singers as well. 24: Did you have any idea that Green Onions would come to be regarded as such a timeless classic? BTJ: I had not the slightest hint the song would have a life beyond the coach outlet coupons for october 2016 moment we were recording it. I was just a fun tune to play and it was fun listening to the playback. Hearing it on the radio a few days later was a shock. Hearing it today in restaurants and on TV is unbelievable. 24: Where did the concept of Green Onions come from? BTJ: Listening to the playback, the bass player, Lewie Steinberg exclaimed, that nasty as funky onions. Someone said, a great title! Then, Mrs. Axton, one half owner of the record company said, can use the word funky in a song title, better call it Green Onions. Being it was the early when that song debuted, there was a lot of racial inequality and injustice during that era. Did you ever experience any intolerance or prejudice as a performer? BTJ: On a scale you could not imagine. From the beginning as a teen playing rural clubs there were warnings and alerts that revelers could stop the car and demand impromptu concerts by the side of the road in remote country areas. My white guitarist Steve, and white bass player Duck, would often go into restaurants for food, or check into hotels while I waited in the car with drummer Al Jackson, only to slip in later in a back entrance, or eat take out in the car. 24: Stax Records was certainly a pivotal label for soul and R even though you have stated some misgivings about its treatment of its artists. Overall, do you have a lot of fondness for Stax and what it contributed to music? BTJ: I have a great fondness for Stax because I am a fan of the music as well. Also, I feel a sense of gratitude for the privilege of being involved in the making of the music and the legacy. 24: Among your many accolades, you been rightfully honoured with both a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction in the R Hall of Fame. How do you those honours make you feel? BTJ: Thank You. I am very much grateful and humbled by these accolades. I especially appreciate the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Induction to the Hall of Fame, because these votes came from people who have travelled the same road as I. 24: Have you played many dates in Vancouver over the years and how have Canadian audiences generally been? BTJ: I have fond memories of my times in your country. I have toured the back roads in my motorhome with my family and found the most friendly and helpful people I have ever met. Rarely was I recognized as Booker T. on these occasions. That not your question but it speaks volumes. Canadian audiences have been enthusiastic, loyal, and receptive.
In the early I played concerts in Vancouver and Victoria with only an acoustic guitar. The patrons were very patient and tolerant of my musical whims and searching. There was not one question as to is the Hammond B 3.
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