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Date Of BirthOctober 21, 1941
SpouseAngel Cropper
MarkPeavey Steve Cropper Classic guitar.
FactElected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of 'Booker T. & the M.G.s') in 1992.

Steve Cropper is an American guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist of the rock band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, with whom he also co-wrote “Green Onions”. Cropper has also worked with many other artists, including Otis Redding, John Lennon, and Steve Winwood. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

Cropper was born on October 21, 1941, in Dora, Missouri. His parents were sharecroppers who moved to St. Louis when he was a child. Cropper began playing guitar when he was 10 years old. He was influenced by blues and rock and roll musicians such as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. After graduating from high school, Cropper joined the United States Marine Corps.

In 1962, Cropper and some friends formed a band called the Mar-Keys. The Mar-Keys had a hit single with “Last Night”, which was written by Cropper and Otis Redding. Cropper and Redding also wrote “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”, which was recorded by Redding and became a posthumous hit after his death in 1967.

In 1963, Cropper and the Mar-Keys were hired by Stax Records to be the house band at the label’s recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The Mar-Keys backed up many Stax artists, including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Isaac Hayes. Cropper also played on some of these artists’ records, including Redding’s “Respect” and ” (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”.

In 1965, Booker T. & the M.G.’s were formed by Cropper, Booker T. Jones, Donald “Duck” Dunn, and Al Jackson Jr.. The band had a hit with their instrumental version of “Green Onions”, which was written by Cropper. Booker T. & the M.G.’s backed up many Stax artists, including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and Isaac Hayes. They also released their own records, including the albums Green Onions (1962), Soul Dressing (1965), and Melting Pot (1971).

Cropper left Stax Records in 1971 and moved to Los Angeles. He worked as a session musician for many artists, including John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, and Rod Stewart. He also produced records for artists such as Delaney & Bonnie and Leon Russell. In 1989, Cropper co-founded the blues label Tone-Cool Records.

Cropper was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 as a member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Memphis. In 2016, he was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

Cropper has been married three times and has four children. His first wife was Judy Green, with whom he had two daughters: Julie and Lisa. His second wife was Robin Zander, with whom he had a son: Austin. His third wife is Marlene Morris, with whom he has a son: Dylan.

General Info

Full NameSteve Cropper
Date Of BirthOctober 21, 1941
Height1.85 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Guitarist, Actor, Songwriter, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Sweet Home Chicago, Time Is Tight


SpouseAngel Cropper
ChildrenCameron Cropper, Andrea Cropper, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Sweet Home Chicago, Time Is Tight


AwardsGrammy Award for Best R&B Song
Music GroupsEverybody Needs Somebody to Love, Sweet Home Chicago, Time Is Tight, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Blues Brothers, The Mar-Keys, Delaney & Bonnie, The Packers
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
MoviesBlues Brothers 2000, The Blues Brothers

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#Marks / Signs
1Peavey Steve Cropper Classic guitar.
2Fender Telecaster.


1High School classmate at Messick High (Memphis, Tennessee) of Cecelia Chilton, sister to Alex Chilton (The Box Stops, Big Star).
2Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 9, 2005 in New York City alongside Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, Bill Withers, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter. [June 2005]
3Member of The Mar-Keys, who had a #1 hit song in the early '60s, "Last Night".
4Long regarded as one of the finest studio guitarists in the music industry, Cropper has been most closely associated with the Stax Records label in Memphis, Tennessee, and was one of the pioneers in what has come to be regarded as "The Memphis Sound".
5Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 9, 2005 in New York City alongside Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, Bill Withers, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
6Co-wrote "Sittin on the Dock of the Bay", with Otis Redding.
7Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of 'Booker T. & the M.G.s') in 1992.




Rock Around the Dock1986TV Movie writer: "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay"
Le môme1986writer: " Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
Top Gun1986"Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"
The Best of John Belushi1985Video writer: "Green Onions"
Miami Vice1985TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Midnight Hour1985TV Movie writer: "In The Midnight Hour" - uncredited
Top of the Pops1979-1985TV Series writer - 8 episodes
Into the Night1985writer: "IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR"
Fame1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tuff Turf1985writer: "GREEN ONIONS"
B.B. King: Into the Night1985Video documentary short writer: "IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR"
The Flamingo Kid1984writer: "Green Onions"
Genesis: The Mama Tour1984Video documentary writer: "In The Midnight Hour"
The Big Chill1983writer: "In the Midnight Hour"
Star 801983writer: "Sookie Sookie"
WKRP in Cincinnati1981TV Series writer - 1 episode
De Mike Burstyn show1981TV Series writer - 1 episode
Getting Wasted1980writer: "Hip Hug-Her"
Roadie1980writer: "A Man Needs a Woman"
The Hollywood Knights1980writer: "In the Midnight Hour"
Quadrophenia1979writer: "Green Onions"
Things We Did Last Summer1978TV Movie writer: "Green Onions"
Big Wednesday1978writer: "Green Onions" - uncredited
Dolly1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
What's Behind the Groupies?1975writer: "Green Onions" - uncredited
The Ernie Sigley Show1975TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Graffiti1973writer: "Green Onions"
Memoirs of a Madam1972writer: "That's a Man's Way" - uncredited
Soul to Soul1971Documentary writer: "In the Midnight Hour"
Room for Rent1971writer: "Green Onions" - uncredited
Freeform1970Documentary short writer: "The Hunter" - uncredited
The Dean Martin Show1970TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Lawrence Welk Show1969TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Johnny Cash Show1969TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mondo Trasho1969writer: "634-5789"
High School1969Documentary writer: "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay" - uncredited
Uptight1968writer: "Time Is Tight"
The Ed Sullivan Show1968TV Series writer - 1 episode
David Holzman's Diary1967writer: "Green Onions"
The Go!! Show1966TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go1965-1966TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Wednesday Play1965TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig!1965TV Series writer - 2 episodes
BBC TV Cricket1938TV Series writer: "Soul Limbo"
Mafia III2016Video Game writer: "Knock on Wood", "Sitting On The Dock of the Bay" - uncredited
War Dogs2016writer: "Can Your Monkey Do The Dog" - as Stephen Cropper
Casual2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nunca es tarde2016TV Series producer - 1 episode
Morfi, todos a la mesa2016TV Series producer - 1 episode
American Crime Story2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Vinyl2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Legend2015/Iwriter: "Green Onions"
Aquarius2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19802015TV Movie documentary writer: "Green Onions"
The Marty Stuart Show2010-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Love Child2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Obscurity2014Short writer: "Green Onions"
Tu cara me suena2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voices2014writer: "Knock on Wood" - as Stephen Lee Cropper
Il était une fois les boys2013writer: "Knock on wood"
Die große Chance2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sons of Anarchy2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
L'image manquante2013Documentary lyrics: "In the Midnight Hour" / music: "In the Midnight Hour"
t Schaep met de 5 pooten2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Enie backt2012TV Series producer - 1 episode
Scandal2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Secret Disco Revolution2012Documentary writer: "Knock On Wood", "Respect"
Something in the Air2012writer: "Green Onions"
Argo2012writer: "Hip Hug-Her"
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
American Idol2003-2012TV Series writer - 6 episodes
The Voice UK2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fringe2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Britain's Got Talent2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lilyhammer2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Footloose2011writer: "Fuquawi"
X: First Class2011writer: "Green Onions" - as Stephen Cropper
A Heartbeat Away2011writer: "Knock on Wood"
Wer wenn nicht wir2011writer: "Green Onions"
Funkytown2011writer: "Knock on wood" - as Steve Cooper
Due Date2010writer: "Check Ya Self 2010"
Easy A2010writer: "Knock on Wood"
Love Ranch2010writer: "634-5789"
Jools's Hootenanny2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright2009Video writer: "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"
The National Parks: America's Best Idea2009TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Electric Dreams2009TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
A Single Man2009writer: "Green Onions" 1962
Der Mann auf der Brücke2009TV Movie writer: "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"
American Dad!2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Soul Men2008writer: "Soul Dressing", " Sittin' on The Dock of the Bay", "Water", "Comfort Me"
Banda sonora2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Flash of Genius2008writer: "Green Onions"
It Takes Two2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bank Job2008writer: "In the Midnight Hour"
Julia2008writer: "Just One More Day" - as S. Cooper
Be Kind Rewind2008performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody" / writer: "Sunny Monday"
Crips and Bloods: Made in America2008Documentary writer: "Plum Nellie"
La rentadora2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Skate.2007Video Game writer: "Green Onions"
So You Think You Can Dance2005-2007TV Series writer - 3 episodes
State of Mind2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paul Rodgers: Live in Glasgow2007Video documentary writer: "The Hunter"
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Supernatural2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Talk to Me2007writer: "Hip Hug-Her", "Knock on Wood", "Time Is Tight"
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Midsomer Murders2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties2006writer: "Soul Limbo"
Glory Road2006writer: "Green Onions"
The Fear (El Miedo)2006writer: "In The Midnight Hour" extract
The Warriors2005Video Game writer: "Knock On Wood" - as S. Cropper
Stranded in Canton2005Documentary writer: "Night owl walk", "The Bo bitch"
One Last Thing...2005writer: "Knock On Wood" - as Stephen Cropper
Empire Falls2005TV Mini-Series writer: "Knock On Wood"
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Volume 32004Video Game "In The Midnight Hour"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game writer: "Green Onions" - as Stephen Lee Cropper
Idool 20042004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Volume 22004Video Game " Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers2004writer: "In the Midnight Hour"
Hrvatski Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
New Zealand Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
The South Bank Show2004TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Confidences trop intimes2004writer: "In The Midnight Hour"
Idol stjörnuleit2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ídolos2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Blues2003TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Pop Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfo2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crime Spree2003writer: "Can't Be Still"
Idool 20032003TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos1999-2002TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands2002writer: "Bar-B-Q" 1964
Idols2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
K-9: P.I.2002Video writer: "Green Onions"
Les femmes... ou les enfants d'abord...2002writer: "Sad Song Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa" - as Stephen Lee Cropper
Only the Strong Survive2002Documentary writer: "In the Midnight Hour"
My Own Private Oshawa2002TV Special writer: "Knock on Wood"
Riding in Cars with Boys2001writer: "In the Midnight Hour"
Scary Movie 22001writer: "If I Had No Loot"
Blow2001writer: "Be My Lady" - as Stephen Cropper
Scratch2001Documentary writer: "Melting Pot" - as Stephen Cropper
Third Watch2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bedazzled2000writer: "Just the One I've Been Looking For"
My Family2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tigerland2000writer: "SOOKIE SOOKIE" - as Stephen Lee Cropper
Honest2000writer: "See Saw"
Best2000writer: "Green Onions"
Frequency2000writer: "Sookie Sookie"
An Extremely Goofy Movie2000Video writer: "Knock On Wood" - as Stephen Lee Cropper
28 Days2000writer: "Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa Sad Song" 1966
Jesus' Son1999writer: "Soul Dressing" - as Stephen Cropper
Homicide: Life on the Street1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stepmom1998writer: "Green Onions"
Marriages1998writer: "Green Onions"
Rush Hour1998writer: "Hip Hug-Her"
541998writer: "Knock On Wood"
Safe Men1998writer: "Hole in the Wall" - as Steve Cooper
The Last Days of Disco1998writer: "Knock on Wood" - as Stephen Cropper
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas1998writer: "Time Is Tight"
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-Series writer - 2 episodes
Ride1998writer: "In The Midnight Hour"
The Big Lebowski1998writer: "Behave Yourself"
Blues Brothers 20001998writer: "634-5789", "Green Onions" - as Steven Cropper
Nothing to Lose1997writer: "If I Had No Loot"
Digging to China1997writer: "Green Onions"
Stars in Their Eyes1997TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Trial and Error1997writer: "Mr. Pitiful"
Addicted to Love1997writer: "Tukka Yoot's Riddim"
Plump Fiction1997writer: "Soul Dressing"
The Devil's Own1997writer: "All 4 Love"
My Fellow Americans1996writer: "In the Midnight Hour"
Apollo 111996TV Movie writer: "In the Midnight Hour" - as S. Cropper
Sling Blade1996writer: "Soul Dressing"
Striptease1996writer: "Green Onions" - as Steve Croffer
Hollow Reed1996writer: "Soul Limbo"
Happy Gilmore1996writer: "Green Onions"
TFI Friday1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chicago Hope1995TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Casino1995writer: "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa Sad Song"
Get Shorty1995writer: "Green Onions", "Aw Mercy", "Can't Be Still"
Georgia1995"FA FA FA FA FA SAD SONG"
Houseguest1995writer: "Green Onions"
Frasier1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
The State1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Andre1994writer: "Green Onions"
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City1993TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
A Bronx Tale1993writer: "Ninety-Nine and a Half Won't Do"
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story1993writer: "Green Onions"
The Sandlot1993writer: "Green Onions"
Indecent Proposal1993"In the Midnight Hour"
Quantum Leap1990-1993TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Heartbeat1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sjans1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Vacanze di Natale '911991writer: "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
For the Boys1991writer: "Green Onions"
De provincie1991performer: "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-FA"
Mystery Date1991writer: "634-5789"
The Commitments1991writer: "Mr. Pitiful", "In The Midnight Hour"
Rampe & Naukkis - Kaikkien aikojen superpari1990arranger: "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay", "Green Onions" / writer: "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay", "Green Onions"
Raisins Sold Out: The California Raisins II1990TV Movie writer: "Mr. Pitiful" - uncredited
American Boyfriends1989writer: "Midnight Hour"
Wired1989writer: "634-5789"
Road House1989writer: "Knock on Wood"
Dream a Little Dream1989writer: "The Midnight Hour"
The Experts1989producer: "Back In The U.S.S.R."
Genesis: Live at Wembley Stadium1988Video writer: "In The Midnight Hour"
Twins1988writer: "GREEN ONIONS"
Alien Nation1988writer: "SITTIN' ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY"
Fright Night Part 21988writer: "In The Midnight Hour"
The Great Outdoors1988producer: "Hip Hug-Her", "Land of a Thousand Dances", "Hot Fun in the Summertime" / writer: "Hip Hug-Her"
Satisfaction1988producer: " I Can't Get No Satisfaction" / writer: "Knock on Wood", "Talk to Me"
Falcon Crest1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon1988writer: "GREEN ONIONS"
Good Morning, Vietnam1987writer: "In The Midnight Hour"
Eddie Murphy: Raw1987Documentary " Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"
Hamburger Hill1987writer: "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"
White of the Eye1987writer: "Slim Jenkins Joint"
Barfly1987"Hip Hug-Her"


Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 20132013Video
Be Kind Rewind2008Fats Waller's fan in train (uncredited)
Great Performances2007TV Series
Blues Brothers 20001998Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper
Empire of Ash III1989Second Unit Raider
Amazon Women on the Moon1987Customer (segment "Titan Man")
The Blues Brothers1980Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper
Saturday Night Live1978TV SeriesBlues Brothers Band

Music Department

Soul Comes Home2003TV Special musical director
Vampires1998musician: lead guitar
Little Big League1994additional music producer / composer: additional music
Satisfaction1988music producer
BBC TV Cricket1986TV Series composer - 1 episode


The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary short special thanks


Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Unsung2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl -Unraveled2014DocumentaryHimself
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville2013DocumentaryHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: I'll Take You There2009VideoHimself
A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story2007DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood's Master Storytellers: The Blues Brothers2005TV MovieHimself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Great Performances2004TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Soulsville2003Documentary shortHimself
Sounds of Memphis2002TV Movie documentary
The Stories Behind the Making of 'The Blues Brothers'1998Video documentaryHimself (as Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper)
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary shortHimself (as Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper)
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1995TV SpecialHimself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
XXX's & OOO's1994TV MovieHimself
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Leyendas de la guitarra1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1991TV SeriesHimself
Guitar1991Video documentarySteve Cropper
Shake!: Otis at Monterey1987Documentary shortHimself - Booker T. & the MG's
The Compleat Al1985VideoHimself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration1985TV SpecialHimself
Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland1978TV MovieHimself - The Blues Brothers Band
Saturday Night Live1978TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Things We Did Last Summer1978TV MovieHimself - Blues Brothers Band
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryHimself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dan Aykroyd2005VideoBlues Brothers Band (uncredited)
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi2005TV SpecialHimself - Blues Brothers Band (uncredited)
The Best of the Blues Brothers1994Video documentaryHimself (as Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper)
The Best of Dan Aykroyd1986VideoBlues Brothers Band
The Best of John Belushi1985VideoHimself (Blues Brothers)


Won Awards

2011OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongEasy A (2010)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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