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Steve Cropper on Running Over His Favorite Guitar | The Big 5

Plus, the Booker T. & the MG’s legend shares the toughest part of working with other musicians in the studio.

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Pops Staples at the Chicago Blues Fest on June 8, 1986.
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The gospel guitarist who took his tremolo-shaken country blues from Sunday mass to the masses.

Whenever you hear country blues-inflected guitar played through an amp with tremolo, you’re hearing a sound descended from singer/composer/guitarist Pops Staples. Best known as the leader of a family gospel group, the Staple Singers, his guitar style influenced and inspired John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, and countless others. The dark mystery of his instrument’s wavy sound has become part of the fabric of American music.

Roebuck Staples, known as “Pops,” was born to Warren and Florence Staples on December 28, 1914, on a cotton plantation near Winona, Mississippi. Roebuck and his older brother Sears were named after the Chicago mail-order company that supplied millions of rural Americans with everything from washing machines to musical instruments.

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PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Memphis, TN, where he visits the Stax Records Museum. In this segment, we get to see where and how some of the most legendary soul music was made. Within this video, we get to check out some iconic Stax studio gear like an Ike Turner Telecaster, a Steve Cropper Telecaster, a Steve Cropper ES-175 and Fender Princeton amp, James Alexander's bass used on "Soul Finger," Duck Dunn's P Bass and much more.



PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Memphis, TN, where he visits the Stax Records Museum. In this segment, we get to see where and how some of the most legendary soul music was made. Within this video, we get to check out some iconic Stax studio gear like an Ike Turner Telecaster, a Steve Cropper Telecaster, a Steve Cropper ES-175 and Fender Princeton amp, James Alexander's bass used on "Soul Finger," Duck Dunn's P Bass and much more.