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Booker T. Jones: Onions, Potatoes, Other Essentials

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Booker T. Jones: Onions, Potatoes, Other Essentials

Booker T. Jones: Onions, Potatoes, Other Essentials

Booker T. Jones: Onions, Potatoes, Other Essentials

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Booker T. Jones plays this year's Coachella festival earlier on April 18. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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With his band the MGs, the pianist, organist, producer and songwriter Booker T. Jones created the classic instrumental "Green Onions." But they were also the studio band for Stax Records, making music with soul artists such as Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett.

These days he's working with the Drive-By Truckers, who back him up on the new album Potato Hole.

In 2007, to mark the 50th anniversary of Stax Records, Jones joined Fresh Air host Terry Gross for a conversation about how he got started working at Stax while he was in the 11th grade, how that first big hit came about, and the day an unknown Otis Redding — who was working as a gofer for an outfit called Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers — knocked everybody flat with a little song called "These Arms of Mine."

This interview was first broadcast on March 26, 2007.