Green Onions (album)

Green Onions is the debut album by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, released on Stax Records in October 1962. It reached number 33 on the pop album chart in the month of its release. The title single was a worldwide hit and has been covered by dozens of artists, including the Blues Brothers and Roy Buchanan (both with Steve Cropper on guitar), as well as The Ventures, Al Kooper, The Shadows, Mongo Santamaría, Deep Purple (Live and studio versions) and Count Basie.

Green Onions
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1962 (1962-10)
RecordedJune–August 1962
StudioStax Recording Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
Instrumental rock
ProducerJim Stewart
Booker T. & the M.G.'s chronology
Green Onions
Soul Dressing
Singles from Green Onions
  1. "Green Onions"
    Released: July 1962
  2. "Mo' Onions"
    Released: January 1964
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Three previous Stax LPs – two by the Mar-Keys, one by Carla Thomas – had been issued on Atlantic Records. Green Onions was the first album released on the Stax label. It was also Stax's first charting album, peaking at number 33 on the Billboard 200.[2] The album features only instrumental songs and features Steve Cropper playing a Fender Telecaster.[3]

The cover photo was shot by Irving Schild, who would go on to have a 52-year career as Mad Magazine's primary photographer.[4] The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5]

Track listingEdit

Side One
1."Green Onions"Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg, Al Jackson Jr.2:53
2."Rinky Dink" (Dave "Baby" Cortez cover)David Clowney, Paul Winley2:41
3."I Got a Woman" (Ray Charles cover)Ray Charles, Renald Richard3:35
4."Mo' Onions"Jones, Cropper, Steinberg, Jackson2:57
5."Twist and Shout" (The Top Notes cover)Phil Medley, Bert Berns2:13
6."Behave Yourself"Jones, Cropper, Steinberg, Jackson3:55
Total length:18:14
Side Two
7."Stranger on the Shore" (Acker Bilk cover)Acker Bilk2:22
8."Lonely Avenue" (Ray Charles cover)Doc Pomus3:30
9."One Who Really Loves You" (Mary Wells cover)Smokey Robinson2:26
10."You Can't Sit Down" (The Bim Bam Boos cover)Dee Clark, Kal Mann, Cornell Muldrow2:51
11."A Woman, a Lover, a Friend" (Jackie Wilson cover)Sidney Wyche2:33
12."Comin' Home Baby" (Dave Bailey Quintet cover)Bob Dorough, Ben Tucker3:12
Total length:16:54


Booker T. & the M.G.s
  • Haig Adishian - cover design
  • Irving Schild - cover photography

Chart historyEdit

Name Chart (1962) Peak
Green Onions U.S. Pop Albums Chart 33
"Green Onions" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
"Green Onions" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
"Mo' Onions" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 97
"Mo' Onions" U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 97


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Green Onions at AllMusic. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Bowman, Rob (1997). Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Trade. p.229-233 ISBN 0-8256-7284-8
  3. ^ Electric Guitar Classics:2010 Calendar Published by Sellers Publishing, Inc. Archived 2010-12-29 at Copyright 2009
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  5. ^ ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.