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Green Onions (instrumental)

Booker T Jones on Hammond organ

Above: Booker T Jones, four time Grammy Award winner & Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, gave an impromptu concert at The Stone Age Institute, and is the first to play the Hammond SK-2, recently acquired by The Stone Age Institute.


Booker T Jones co-wrote "Green Onions" and it became a hit while he was still in high school. Soon after high school, he was accepted by Indiana University and studied composition and music theory. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Indiana University School of Music. After receiving the honorary doctorate from Indiana University and speaking at the commencement ceremony, Booker T visited The Stone Age Institute. Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Green Onions" Number 183 in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.

"Green Onions (instrumental)"

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Music written by Booker T Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg, and Al Jackson, Jr. © 1962.

Hammond Organ:
Booker T. Jones

Nicholas Toth (first solo)

Tim O'Malley (second solo)

John Orie Stith

Julian Gass

Robert Port

Tom Schoenemann

Recorded live, with Booker T Jones's permission, at THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®, in 2012.