Everyone knows the classic 1962 instrumental hit, "Green Onions," but have you heard the flip side of the original 45?
Jim Stewart, then president of Stax Records, wanted to release the single with the first song, titled “Behave Yourself”, as the A-side and Onions as the B-side. Steve Cropper and radio disc jockeys thought otherwise; soon, Stax released Booker T. & the M.G.'s' “Green Onions” backed with “Behave Yourself”. In conversation with BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker, on his show broadcast on September 7, 2008, Cropper revealed that the record became an instant success when DJ Reuben Washington, at Memphis radio station WLOK, played it four times in succession, this even before the tune or the band had an agreed-upon name.