Booker T

As the house band at Stax Records in Memphis, Booker T & the MG's my have been the single greatest factor in the lasting value of that label's soul music. Their tight, impeccable grooves could be heard on classic hits but Otis Redding, Wilson pickett, Carla Thomas, Albert King and Sam & Dave. One of the top instrumental outfits of the rock era they cut classics like Green Onions, Time Is Tight, and Hang'em High. The arrival of his new 2009 solo album, Potatoe Hole, reaffirms Booker T's greatness.