Song of the Day: Booker T & The MG’s, “Hang ‘Em High”

Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums) were studio musicians at Stax Records in Memphis and played on hundreds of records by stars like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. They also recorded instrumental records on their own and were influential in forming the Southern Soul and Memphis Soul sounds. They placed three records in the top 10, this being the second, reaching #9 on the Hot 100 and #35 on the R&B chart in 1968. This is the main theme for the 1968 movie of the same name that starred Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Ed Begley, and Pat Hingle.

17 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Booker T & The MG’s, “Hang ‘Em High”

          1. They did and then they had distribution problems and it led to their demise I believe…I could be wrong.

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    1. 89, and shows no sign of slowing down. (Are you going to see his movie about Richard Jewell?) Kirk Douglas just turned 103, did you see that? He’s the last link to the Hollywood of old.

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      1. I don’t like theaters – too enclosed, however, I imagine it to be an excellent since Eastwood is involved. Kirk Douglas is amazing and yep, the last link. Wow!

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        1. Theaters are not especially handicapped-friendly, and we can’t justify the price. We’ll probably wait for it to hit one of the streaming services. The AJC is not especially happy that it’sw coming out…

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    1. An orchestra led by Dominic Frontiere (who wrote the theme) did it for the movie, and Hugo Montenegro also did a cover of it. Booker T’s is the best of the three, IMHO…

      Montenegro’s

      From the movie

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