Booker T. and the M.G.s

Green Onions / Behave Yourself

London : HLK 9595 DJ

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  • Artist: Booker T. and the M.G.s
  • A Side: Green Onions
  • B Side: Behave Yourself
  • Label: London
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E
  • Label Condition: wol
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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It was an epiphany for the British MOD culture, when the sound of Memphis hit the Jazz Clubs of London during the early 60's.

A Musical revolution was starting to happen in Tennessee led by the brother / sister team of Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton. They had created in Memphis a new blending of R&B and Jazz at Satellite Records, before progressing to the now legendary Stax label.
Already releasing killer instrumentals in 1961 like the Mar-keys "Last Night", then just a few months later Booker T. and the M.G.s - "Green Onions" . A captivating sound that led those European Modern-Jazz revolutionaries away from straight Jazz headlong into R&B dance. Laying the foundations which would later, slowly but surely evolved into the Northern Soul movement as we know it today..

"Green Onions" was one of the major catalysts for the all-night Soul clubs, to rise to the dizzy heights of popularity. "Green Onions" was also a major ingredient, driving the MOD movement, a new sound providing a springboard for every all-night DJ and fledgling R&B band.

So to own this iconic cornerstone of our history, as a 1962 London yellow demo, is owning a huge part of Northern Soul's colourful history. Not many records released in the UK could claim responsibility for fuelling an embryonic club culture into the worldwide fan-base it enjoys today.

It was also an inspiring starting point for bands like Graham Bond Organization, Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, Zoot Money’s Big Time Roll Band etc. Stax could hardly have envisaged the effect that Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson & Lewie Steinberg could have had on the trendsetting youngsters of England, when they knitted together the infectious rhythms of Hammond, brass & guitar into irresistible dance music.
For the Northern Soul scene, for MOD culture this 45 is an historical disc, here in its rarest form.

Condition Report

4 prong centre fully intact , an indecipherable signature on a-side label, see image. Otherwise those beautiful both yellow promo labels are clean. Vinyl has good gloss, revealing some light surface hairlines when angled in the light, as you can hear it plays crisp bright and strong, all housed in original London sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: Green Onions

    B Side

  • Title: Behave Yourself
  • Year: 1962
  • City: United Kingdom