One-Track Mind

Date: December 19, 2013

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Steve Cropper, of Booker T. and the MGs and Stax Records fame, has trouble picking any one moment on his upcoming star-studded project Dedicated as his favorite. So, we went further back into his legendary soul-soaked career. Read More

Otis Box Hits #2

Date: December 19, 2013

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The best-known songs on Disc One alone are more than enough to make the case for Otis Redding, and for this three-disc compilation of every single he ever released. But each of those hits, it seems, had a blistering B-side. Read More

Steve’s Fave Player

Date: December 4, 2013

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Steve Cropper has claimed his share of accolades as a guitarist, finishing at No. 35 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest and finishing at No. 2 on the Mojo list. Read More

“The rest is history”

Date: November 24, 2013

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A trick of fate launched Otis Redding’s career. He was, in 1962, working with a flamboyant guitarist named Johnny Jenkins, who had some unused studio time at Stax Records. Up to the mic stepped Redding. Read More

‘We had more fun making that movie’

Date: November 18, 2013

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Blues Brothers 2000, the belated sequel to 1980’s blockbuster Blues Brothers, wouldn’t be as heralded as the first — and that’s in no small way because original star John Belushi was gone. Yet, Steve Cropper might just have better memories the second time around. Read More

‘A complete coincidence’

Date: November 16, 2013

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Booker T. and MGs were pioneers of funky-cool soul and Civil Rights-era forward thinking. But it might not have happened, but for a chance meeting at a local Memphis record shop. Read More

The One That Got Away

Date: November 15, 2013

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Steve Cropper, the ace producer and sideman at Stax Records, ended up playing with most every one he’d ever admired over the years — except for one person: Tina Turner.

“I’ve always said that; I’ve said it for years,” Cropper admits in a talk with Michael Berry. embedded below. “I get asked: ‘Who is the artist that you didn’t get to work with that you would have loved to have worked with?’ Read More

“I’ve Got One More Thing”

Date: November 12, 2013

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Otis Redding’s 1965 No. 11 R&B hit “I Can’t Turn You Loose” was aptly named, considering that he refused to leave for his next show until guitarist Steve Cropper laid down the song’s famous lick. Read More

“I Swept The Floors”

Date: November 12, 2013

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You know Steve Cropper from his legendary work with Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor — and, of course, with Booker T. and the MGs. His beginnings with the Stax Record label, however, were decidedly less glamorous. Read More

“We Knew We Had A Hit”

Date: November 12, 2013

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Pop culture tells us that the Steve Cropper-produced smash “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” stands as Otis Redding’s final recording. Not so, says Cropper. In fact, he and Redding had been sure for sometime before the scalding soul singer’s death that this Read More