2 November 2014, 17:00
Monday 3 November 22:00 and Thursday 6 November, 22:00
Cropper chats about his career
legend or legendary is used perhaps too flippantly in the
context of music, but the term can be firmly applied to Steve
a member of the Stax Records house band from the early-1960s and
lent his musical, production and composing skills to countless
artists and sessions. And with the house band - Booker T &
The MGs - he achieved wider success in his own right.
He grew up
in Memphis and was exposed to post-war rock and roll and the
prevalent R&B sounds, forming The Mar-Keys before coming to the
attention of Stax president Jim Stewart. He became Stax's
A & R man in early-1962 and teamed up with Booker T. Jones to
form Booker T & The MGs. The band's first U.S. hit was
'Green Onions' in 1962. Perhaps surprisingly it wasn't
until 1979, and after several reissues, that the song became a
hit in the UK.
In 1980 he
enjoyed a career resurgence when invited to join The Blues
Brothers and made several albums and appeared in the 1982 film
featuring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.
time, Cropper has enjoyed greater recognition from his peers: in
2005 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in
2010 the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
years he has toured the UK with Animals & Friends when he
appears as a special guest, and thrills audiences with both his
anecdotes and his interpretation of some timeless soul classics.
Gig review (2014)