Friday, May 6, 2011

"Green Onions" by Booker T. and The M.G.'s.

OK, more 60's: A 16 year-old Memphis native recorded this soul instrumental classic in '62 with STAX Records' house band on his signature Hammond B-3 organ with its big-a** Leslie Speaker Cabinet. Inspired by a friend's cat with a peculiar walk - NOT a marijuana reference, as it was originally thought. Topped the soul charts and peaked at #3 on Pop. #183 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee. Covered by The Ventures in '63 and featured on the "American Graffiti" soundtrack ('73). Song? Group?

Yesterday's answer: "Tango (Tzigane) Jalousie" by Jacob T. H. Gade, also known as "Jealousy". My Dad was a tango purist and it always baffled him how arguably the 2 most popular tangos in the U.S., this one and "Blue Tango" , were not written by Argentinian composers. "Blue Tango" was penned by Mass. native Leroy Anderson.

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