- Guitarist for Booker T & the MG's and the Blues Brothers Band
- Co-writer of hits songs including "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay", "Knock On Wood," and "In The Midnight Hour"
- Member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame
Steve Cropper made his musical debut on American Bandstand in 1961. Thus the legend began.
Just one year later, along with Booker T & the MG’s, Cropper wrote the No. 1 smash hit “Green Onions.” In the years to follow he co-wrote some of music’s biggest classics such as “Knock On Wood,” “Midnight Hour,” “634-5789,” and in 1967 the legendary “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” with friend Otis Redding, establishing Cropper as a songwriting genius.
Producing soon became second nature as “The Colonel” turned out timeless tracks by such renowned artists as Wilson Pickett, Tower of Power, John Mellencamp, Jose Feliciano, Poco, John Prine, and Otis Redding. Cropper’s exemplary guitar work can be heard on the albums of Rod Stewart, Peter Frampton, Art Garfunkle, Booker T and the MG’s, Ringo Starr and Wynonna to name a few. He has toured with such greats as Neil Young and Jimmy Buffett.
In the late 70s, Steve began his now famous work as an original of the Blues Brothers Band, appearing in both major motion pictures and numerous TV shows. He continues traveling with them today as well as touring with many different artists. Cropper has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Undoubtedly, Steve Cropper has successfully covered his bases as songwriter/producer/guitarist. And lucky for us all – the legend continues.
Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on October 6, 2015.