Booker T. Jones: I Have Been Studying Music Theory

Booker T. Jones: I Have Been Studying Music Theory

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When the President of the United States say he's ditching "Hail to the Chief" for one of your songs, you know it's iconic. That's what happened when Booker T. Jones played "Green Onions" at the White House earlier this year.

Booker is playing a one night only show at the El Rey Theatre Tuesday night...his latest CD "Sound the Alarm" also hits stores today. Steve asked Booker about how he came up with the name "Green Onions" and shared several theories with him, many of which Booker had never heard before. One was so far out there that Booker said to Steve "well that's imaginative and inventive". He then gave the real story behind the title.

Fun facts about Booker T:

  • Booker T. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1944. He was named in honor of Booker T. Washington, but unlike Washington (whose middle name was Taliaferro), Jones was only given the middle initial "T": "Booker T. Jones" is his full name.
  • Jones was a prodigy, playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, and piano at school and serving as organist at his church. He attended Booker T. Washington High School, the alma mater of Rufus Thomas and shared the hallowed halls with future stars like Isaac Hayes's writing partner David Porter; saxophonist Andrew Love of The Memphis Horns; soul singer/songwriter William Bell and Earth, Wind, & Fire's Maurice White.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Check out Booker T. Jones Official Website

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