Like Stevie Wonder, Booker T. Jones (that’s his full name - the T doesn’t actually stand for anything) was a child prodigy. He played piano, sax, oboe, trumpet and trombone as a youth and was the organist at his church.
At age 16, he played sax on Cause I Love You, a hit single for Satellite Records. Satellite would give way to Stax, and Booker T. Jones would find himself as a session player with Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn and Steve ‘The Colonel’ Cropper, with whom he would cut the track Green Onions and the album of the same name.
The single is a classic instrumental with its incessant, driving Hammond M3 riff. Jones produced records for a Who’s Who of artists, including Willie Nelson and Rita Coolidge, and has also played on tracks by everyone from Elton John to Rancid. Now that’s what we call versatility.