Steve Cropper is likely the best-known soul guitarist in the world. He came to prominence with the Mar-Keys in the early '60s, then co-founded the Stax house band, Booker T. & the MG's. Since then, his warm, fat, vamp-based playing style has appeared on nearly 400 recordings. A major figure in Southern soul who helped put it on the map, Cropper made his mark not only as a player with Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, and others, but as a songwriter. Among his more than 3,400 writing, co-writing, and arranging credits are classics such as "In the Midnight Hour" and "(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay." Cropper issued his debut album, With a Little Help from My Friends, in 1969. He spent most of the '70s producing other artists including Jeff Beck and Mitch Ryder. During the '80s, he rode the Stax sound he helped ...
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