Steve Cropper

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Steve Cropper (2007)

Steve "The Colonel" Cropper (born October 21, 1941 in Dora , Missouri ) is an American guitarist , music producer and songwriter .


Steve Cropper first grew up on a farm. When he was ten years old, his parents moved to Memphis , Tennessee , where he for the first time in contact with the blossoming there soul music and rhythm and blues came along with his school friend and later fellow musician Donald "Duck" Dunn guitar playing learned. In the late 1950s he became a guitarist with The Mar-Keys and with them found his way into the recording studios of Stax Records , where his career began. His activities soon extended beyond playing guitar, and he became a producer at Stax.

Cropper landed his first chart success together with Booker T. & the MG's in 1962 with the instrumental piece Green Onions, which is still known today . Since the MG's were also the house band of the Stax Studios, Cropper played the guitar for almost all of the Stax artists, including Otis Redding , Carla Thomas , Rufus Thomas , Sam and Dave , Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd . He created numerous titles with these artists, such as Otis Reddings (Sittin 'On) The Dock of the Bay , for which he received the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song together with Redding in 1969 , and Wilson Pickett's In The Midnighthour . In 1971 he left Stax Records after the management had fundamentally changed and Cropper no longer felt comfortable. The MG's disbanded and, due to the tragic murder of drummer Al Jackson, Jr. in 1975, were not to come together again in this form. Cropper has now produced albums by Jeff Beck , Tower of Power , John Prine and Jose Feliciano and played his guitar on solo albums by John Lennon and Ringo Starr . In 1975 he moved to Los Angeles .

In the 1970s, he and Donald "Duck" Dunn joined the Blues Brothers Band of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd . In the 1990s he embarked on a tour with Booker T. Jones and Donald Dunn as an accompanist for Neil Young . In 1996, Steve Cropper was voted the second best guitarist of all time (after Jimi Hendrix ) by the British music magazine Mojo . Cropper now lives in Nashville and runs Insomnia Studios.

In 2011, the Rolling Stone listed Cropper 39th of the 100 best guitarists of all time . In a list from 2003 he was ranked 36th.


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Individual evidence

  1. 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Rolling Stone , December 18, 2015, accessed August 8, 2017 .
  2. 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time - David Fricke's Picks. Rolling Stone , December 2, 2010, accessed August 8, 2017 .