Steve Cropper Tickets
Steve Cropper Tickets
Steve Cropper is certainly a respected musician's musician, having played with just about everyone in rock, R&B and pop for over 50 years. His showmanship and guitar chops are so natural, he makes it all seem effortless. He is the go-to guitarist for everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Elton John, and was named the greatest living guitarist of all time by England's Mojo Magazine in 1996.
Steve Cropper will be joining some of the most legendary names in music this year. First up are two dates with the one and only Jerry Lee Lewis at the London Palladium (London, England) and the Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (Glasgow, Scotland). Then he'll appear as a special guest with The Animals on their "Animals & Friends" tour. Several dates are planned throughout the UK at venues such as the Chester Blues Festival, The Globe in Cardiff, Eric's Club in Liverpool, the Classic Grand in Glasgow and the O2 Academy in Leicester.
In 1977, John Belushi and Dan Akroyd recruited Steve Cropper to be a part of the Blues Brothers Band for their three studio albums and their famous 1980 film, "The Blues Brothers."
Steve Cropper's career reads like a who's who of the most iconic groups and musicians of the 20th century. After a Missouri childhood raised on nothing but country music, the family's move to Memphis opened up a whole new world of gospel, R&B and the burgeoning rock-and-roll scene. By age 20, Cropper had formed a friendship with fellow guitarist Charlie Freeman to form the Mar-Keys. Their single "Last Night" was released on Satellite Records (eventually becoming Stax Records) and made it to number five on both the R&B and pop charts. He worked with Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett before his most famous collaboration with Booker T. & the MG's, where they created a slew of classic hits, including their biggest one, "Green Onions." When Cropper left Stax in 1970, he worked with Jerry Williams and Ronnie Stoots to create the Trans-Maximus (TMI) recording studio. While there, he played with Poco, Jeff Beck, Jose Feliciano, Yvonne Elliman and Tower of Power, to name just a few. Cropper continues to produce music and play with some of the biggest names in music, both in the studio and live on stage.
While Cropper had already known success with the Mar-Keys, his big break came when he joined Booker T. & The MG's. Working with Hammond organ keyboardist Booker T. Jones, drummer Al Jackson and bassist Lewie Steinberg, the foursome was accompanying a rockabilly singer at Stax during a recording session. After the singer left, they hung around to jam and engineer Jim Stewart managed to capture the gold on tape. The results were so good they wrote a second side, which became "Green Onions," a song that quickly hit number one on the R&B charts.
Success came to Cropper early on with the 1961 Mar-Keys single "Last Night." During his Booker T. & the MG's era, he played guitar on the famous number one instrumental hit "Green Onions," as well as "Mo' Onions." Other hits included "Soul Dressing," "Boot-leg," "My Sweet Potato," "Hip Hug-Her," "Groovin'," "Soul Limbo" and "Time Is Tight." Along with his occasional Blues Brothers gigs, Cropper has played on albums by Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy, Elton John, Steppenwolf and Johnny Lang. He has since created his own label called Play It, Steve! Records, and has released an album of the same name. He is proud to have been a part of the 2011 album "Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales," a tribute album to one of his idols.
While Steve Cropper exudes a cool and relaxed style when he's onstage, this rule does not apply to the audience. It's impossible to stay in your seat when you hear the famous opening grooves from a bygone era. Cropper says he never gets tired of playing those popular hits because he loves to give the audience what they want, and their enthusiasm feeds his soul. He can also break into an impulsive, one-of-a-kind jam session when necessary to create a non-stop evening of funky R&B and dance music. Buy your Steve Cropper tickets now and see a part of musical history!
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