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The Other Blues Brother, Guitarist Steve Cropper Relives The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

With a long list of accolades which include co-writer of “Sitting On The Dock of the Bay” with Otis Redding, playing in the house band for Stax Records, ranking #36 of Rolling Stones‘ Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and one of the members in the Blues Brothers band, legendary guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steve Cropper[/lastfm]’s work is much more recognizable than his name might be.

Steve is the mastermind behind some of the greatest guitar hooks and songs in soul music, and now has a brand new album out title Dedicated: Salute To The 5 Royals, and is making an appearance tonight at the Grammy Museum!

Steve sat in with the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show this morning and told us incredible stories from his days playing in [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Booker T & The M.G.’s[/lastfm], writing with Otis, and much, much more that you have to hear to believe!

Steve tells the story of coming up with the iconic instrumental by Booker T & The M.G.’s and what the title “Green Onions” really means. He also shares the story behind coming up with the recognizable intro to “Soul Man,” and “creating the mold” of black and white musicians jamming together at Stax Records.

In part two of our interview with Steve, the guitarist talks about The Beatles wanting to record together and writing “Sitting On The Dock of the Bay” with Otis Redding.

“He was unbelievable. He was as good in person as he was in the studio and on stage,” Steve says about the genius of Otis. “The people that maybe I can compare that to would be an Elvis. He would light up a room, it was amazing.”

Steve Cropper’s new album Dedicated is available now and features phenomenal artists like Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Lucinda Williams and many more! He’s performing a special show tonight, Oct. 25th at the Grammy Museum. For information on tickets and the show, click here!


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