Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones. Photo credit: Gary Copeland.
Booker T. Jones first started recording for Stax records at age 14, when he was pulled from class by an older friend to fill in on barritone saxophone during a Rufus Thomas session.
Born in Memphis, Booker T. would come to embody the danceable mix of soul and R&B that Stax Records was known for putting on wax. Before he had even graduated from high school, the instrumental "Green Onions" by Booker T. and the MG's would become a top 10 hit.
But even with a hit record on the charts, the prodigy wanted to learn more about musical styles and forms. He enrolled at Indiana University to study classical music.
Jones tells Steve Fast that several times during his career he would return to the classroom to open up new ways to express him musical ideas.
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