Steve Cropper – Colonel Steve

This day (October 21, 1941), in Dora, Missouri, is born Steve Cropper, an American guitarist, songwriter and record produce who is best known as the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and has backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor, also acting as producer on many of these records.

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Wikipedia : This day (October 21, 1941), in Dora, Missouri, is born Steve Cropper, an American guitarist, songwriter and record produce who is best known as the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and has backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor, also acting as producer on many of these records.

Steve Cropper : Integral to that potent combination is MG rhythm guitarist extraordinaire Steve Cropper. As a guitarist, A & R man, engineer, producer, songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and a dozen others and founding member of both Booker T. and the MG’s and The Mar-Keys, Cropper was literally involved in virtually every record issued by Stax from the fall of 1961 through year end 1970

@allmusic : A major figure in the Southern soul movement of the ’60s, Cropper made his mark not only as a player and arranger (most notably on classic sides by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett) but as a songwriter as well, co-writing the classic In the Midnight Hour.

@last.fm : When Cropper left, Stax lost their most successful producer, along with his partners David Porter and Isaac Hayes. He formed TMI (Trans-Maximus) with Jerry Williams and former Mar-Key Ronnie Stoots. There he lent his guitar and producing skills to Jeff Beck, Tower Of Power, John Prine, and Jose Feliciano (on his 3 RCA albums; 1972 Memphis Menu, 1973 Compartments, 1974 For My Love).

@Discogs :

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Audio : Come On & Save Me . With A Little Help From My Friends . Thirty Second Lover . Dedicated To The One I Love . Crop Dustin’ . Help Me Somebody . Don’t Be Ashamed . Think . Land Of 1000 Dances . In The Midnight Hour .
Video : Summertime (2011) . w/ Robert Cray – Dock Of The Bay (1992) . Blues Brothers Band & Sam Moore – I’ve been loving you ‘1988) . Blues Brothers Band – Sweet Home Chicago . Booker T & The Mg’S – Green Onions .

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