Booker T & MGs - Green Onions - 1962


Welcome to the Music Quiz on "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a classic instrumental hit from 1962. In this section, you'll explore the history, significance, and cultural impact of this iconic tune. Dive into the world of early 60s music and discover how "Green Onions" became a defining sound of its era.

Background and History

"Green Onions" is an instrumental R&B hit recorded by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, released in 1962. The song features a 12-bar blues structure and is known for its catchy Hammond organ line, played by Booker T. Jones himself.

  1. Booker T. & the M.G.'s: Learn more about the band and its members.
  2. 1960s Music: Explore the musical landscape of the 1960s.

Composition and Style

The track is distinguished by its soulful groove and has been widely regarded as one of the greatest instrumentals in the history of music.

  1. R&B Music: Dive deeper into Rhythm and Blues.
  2. Instrumental Music: Understand more about music without vocal accompaniment.

Cultural Impact and Legacy

"Green Onions" has left a lasting impression on popular culture and has been featured in numerous movies, TV shows, and commercials over the years.

  1. Music in Popular Culture: Explore the role of music in shaping popular culture.
  2. Soundtrack: Learn about the impact of music in film and television.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Green Onions" released? (1962) (!1958) (!1965) (!1970)

Which musical instrument is prominently featured in "Green Onions"? (Hammond organ) (!Guitar) (!Saxophone) (!Drums)

What is the song structure of "Green Onions"? (12-bar blues) (!Standard pop) (!Jazz fusion) (!Classical)

For which record label was "Green Onions" originally recorded? (Stax Records) (!Motown) (!Atlantic Records) (!Sun Records)

What genre does "Green Onions" primarily belong to? (R&B and soul) (!Rock) (!Jazz) (!Pop)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Who led the group Booker T. & the M.G.'s? (Booker T. Jones) (!Steve Cropper) (!Al Jackson Jr.) (!Lewie Steinberg)

In what city was Booker T. & the M.G.'s primarily based? (Memphis, Tennessee) (!Detroit, Michigan) (!New Orleans, Louisiana) (!New York City, New York)

Which instrument did Steve Cropper play in the band? (Guitar) (!Drums) (!Bass) (!Piano)

What was unique about Booker T. & the M.G.'s as a band in the 1960s? (They were racially integrated) (!They only played instrumental music) (!All members were under 20) (!They recorded exclusively live)

Which famous record studio was associated with Booker T. & the M.G.'s? (Stax Studios) (!Sun Studio) (!Motown Records) (!Capitol Records)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

QUIZ: As "Green Onions" is an instrumental track, this section will focus on understanding instrumentals in music.

What is an instrumental song? (A song without vocals) (!A song with only one instrument) (!A song with lyrics in a foreign language) (!A song without a melody)

Why are instrumentals like "Green Onions" significant in music history? (They focus on the melody and instrument skill) (!They are easier to compose) (!They are newer in music evolution) (!They don't require a band)

Which element is most crucial in a successful instrumental track? (Melody) (!Lyrics) (!Background dancers) (!Special effects)

In what way can instrumentals convey emotion or story? (Through dynamics and musical phrasing) (!Through spoken word) (!Through background visuals) (!Through audience participation)

Besides "Green Onions," which is another famous instrumental hit? ("Wipe Out" by The Surfaris) (!"Hey Jude" by The Beatles) (!"Thriller" by Michael Jackson) (!"Rolling in the Deep" by Adele)


Booker T. Jones Hammond organ
1962 Year of Release
Stax Records Record Label
Memphis, Tennessee Band's Base City
12-bar blues Song Structure

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of instrumental tracks from the 1960s and share your selections.
  2. Explore Memphis Music: Research the music scene of Memphis, Tennessee in the 1960s.
  3. Musical Instruments: Choose an instrument from the song and learn more about it.


  1. Write a Review: Write a review of "Green Onions" focusing on its musical elements and cultural impact.
  2. Musical Analysis: Analyze the structure of "Green Onions" and discuss what makes it a classic.
  3. Compare and Contrast: Compare "Green Onions" with another instrumental hit from the same era.


  1. Music and Culture: Explore how "Green Onions" influenced or reflected cultural movements of the 1960s.
  2. Create Your Own Instrumental: Compose an original instrumental track inspired by "Green Onions."
  3. Interview Project: Conduct an interview with a musician about the influence of Booker T. & the M.G.'s.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the significance of instrumental music in the context of the 1960s' cultural landscape.
  2. Explain how "Green Onions" has influenced modern music and artists.
  3. Analyze the role of Booker T. & the M.G.'s in racial integration within the music industry.
  4. Reflect on the impact of the recording studio and label in the success of a song like "Green Onions."
  5. Compare the musical style of "Green Onions" with another genre prevalent in the 1960s.

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