Booker T. & the M.G.'s were an American instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. The original members of the group were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums). In the 1960s, as members of the Mar-Keys, the rotating slate of musicians that served as the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists including Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King. They also released instrumental records under their own name, including the 1962 hit single "Green Onions". As originators of the unique Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of its era. By the mid-1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic were trying to sound like Booker T. & the M.G.'s.

In 1965, Steinberg was replaced by Donald "Duck" Dunn, who played with the group until his death in 2012. Al Jackson Jr. was murdered in 1975, after which Dunn, Cropper and Jones reunited on numerous occasions using various drummers, including Willie Hall, Anton Fig, Steve Jordan and Steve Potts.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee in 2008, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2019.

Having two white members (initially Cropper and Steinberg, later Cropper and Dunn) and two black members (Jones and Jackson Jr.), Booker T. & the M.G.'s was one of the first racially integrated rock groups, at a time when soul music and the Memphis music scene, in particular, were generally considered the preserve of black culture. Benny Goodman led the racially integrated Benny Goodman Trio and Quartet a quarter-century prior, and other integrated jazz bands had existed since the 1930s.

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1962Green OnionsBooker T. & the M.G.s415
1965Soul DressingBooker T. & the MG’s4
1966And Now!Booker T. & the MG’s3
1966In the Christmas SpiritBooker T. & the MG’s6
1967Hip Hug‐HerBooker T. & the MG’s3
1968Soul LimboBooker T. & the MG’s4
1968Doin’ Our ThingBooker T. & the MG’s3
1969The Booker T. SetBooker T. & the MG’s4
1970McLemore AvenueBooker T. & the MG’s13
1971Melting PotBooker T. & the MG’s3
1976Union ExtendedBooker T. & the MG’s1
1977Universal LanguageBooker T. & the MG’s1
1994That’s the Way It Should BeBooker T. & the MG’s1

Album + Compilation

1968The Best of Booker T. & the MG’sBooker T. & the MG’s3
1972Star‐CollectionBooker T. & the MG’s1
1980Booker T. & the M.G.’s Greatest HitsBooker T. & the MG’s1
1980The Best of Booker T and the MG’sBooker T. & the MG’s1
1984The Best of Booker T. & the MG’s (Atlantic)Booker T. & the MG’s3
1986The Best of Booker T. & the MGsBooker T. & the MG’s3
1992The Best of Booker T and the MG’s (Stax)Booker T. & the MG’s1
1993Groovin’Booker T. & the MG’s1
1994The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG’sBooker T. & the MG’s2
1995Play the “Hip Hits”Booker T. & the MG’s1
1997Their BestBooker T. & the MG’s1
1998Time Is TightBooker T. & the MG’s1
1998The Best of Booker T. & the MG’sBooker T. & the MG’s1
2000Green Onions and Other HitsBooker T. & the MG’s1
2002The EssentialsBooker T. & the MG’s1
2003Stax InstrumentalsBooker T. & the MG’s / The Mar‐Keys3
2003Soul MenBooker T. & the MG’s1
2005The Best OfBooker T. & the MG’s1
2006Stax Profiles: Booker T. & the MG’sBooker T. & the MG’s2
2006The Definitive Soul CollectionBooker T. & the MG’s1
2007The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG’sBooker T. & the MG’s1
2007The Platinum CollectionBooker T. & the MG’s1
2012Original Album SeriesBooker T. & the MG’s1
2013Booker T. & the M.G.s + The Mar‐KeysBooker T. & the M.G.s + The Mar‐Keys52
2013Green OnionsBooker T. & the MG’s1
2013Memphis Soul BeatBooker T & the MGs meet The Mar‐Keys1
2017Stax ClassicsBooker T & the MG’s3
2019An Introduction to Booker T & the MG’sBooker T. & the MG’s1
2019The Complete Stax Singles, Vol. 1 (1962–1967)Booker T. & the MG’s1
2021The Complete Stax Singles, Vol. 2 (1968–1974)Booker T. & the MG’s2

Album + Soundtrack

1969UptightBooker T. & the MG’s5

Album + Live

1967Back to BackThe Mar‐Keys / Booker T. & the MG’s3
1992HAVE MERCY忌野清志郎 feat. Booker T. & the MG’s4
2019Captured Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival (Do It Just One More Time!)Otis Redding with Booker T. & the MG’s and The Mar‐Keys1


1962Green Onions / Behave YourselfBooker T. & the MG’s2
1964Can’t Be Still / Terrible ThingBooker T. & the MG’s1
1965Be My Lady / Red Beans and RiceBooker T. & the MG’s1
1965Boot‐Leg / OutrageBooker T. & the MG’s1
1966My Sweet Potato / Booker‐LooBooker T. & the MG’s1
1969Time Is Tight / Johnny, I Love YouBooker T. & the MG’s2
1969Mrs. RobinsonBooker T. & the MG’s1
1969Slum BabyBooker T. & the MG’s1
1971Melting Pot / Kinda Easy LikeBooker T. & the M.G.’s1
1979Green OnionsBooker T. & the MG’s1

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