expand Booker T. & the M.G.'s

They started out as the house band for Stax records, providing back-up for Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, but one day in 1962 they were just fooling around during down time, noodling around on a little organ riff.  The president of Stax wandered in, liked what he heard and hit the record button.  Before the song or the band had a name a Memphis DJ played the song 4 times in succession which helped the tune, "Green Onions' to become an instant hit.  

The group continued to churn out instrumental albums and singles and also supported the talent roster at Stax, recording with the likes of The Staples Singers, Albert King, Delaney & Bonnie, and Sam & Dave.  Although the group played the Monterey Pop Festival they declined to play Woodstock as drummer, Al Jackson, had strong reservations about helicoptering in to the stage.  

In 1971, fed up with Stax Records the band called it a day.  Booker T is still recording and performing.