Lewie Steinberg

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Lewie Steinberg
Lewie Steinberg in November 2010
Background information
Birth nameLewie Polk Steinberg
Born(1933-09-13)September 13, 1933
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedJuly 21, 2016(2016-07-21) (aged 82)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresSoul, R&B, Memphis soul
Instrument(s)Bass guitar

Lewie Polk Steinberg[a] (September 13, 1933 – July 21, 2016)[2] was an American musician best known as the original bass guitar player for the soul music group Booker T. & the M.G.'s.


Early life[edit]

Steinberg was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Baptist parents.

Booker T. & the M.G.'s[edit]

He joined Booker T. & the MG's in 1962. He was featured on "Green Onions" and its B-side, "Behave Yourself", as well as the albums Green Onions and Soul Dressing. Steinberg left the group in 1965 and was replaced by Donald "Duck" Dunn.

Steinberg was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, as a member of Booker T. & the M.G.'s.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Steinberg received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Steinberg died from cancer on July 21, 2016, in Memphis, at the age of 82.[4][5]


With Booker T. & the M.G.'s[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
1962 Green Onions
1965 Soul Dressing


Year A-side B-side Label Album
1962 "Green Onions" "Behave Yourself" Volt 102; Stax 127 Green Onions
"Jellybread" "Aw' Mercy" Stax 131 Soul Dressing
1963 "Home Grown" "Big Train" Stax 134
"Chinese Checkers" "Plum Nellie" Stax 137
"Mo' Onions" "Fannie Mae" Stax 142 Green Onions
1964 "Tic-Tac-Toe" "Mo' Onions" Stax 142 Soul Dressing
"Soul Dressing" "MG Party" Stax 153
"Can't Be Still" "Terrible Thing" Stax 161


  1. ^ Steinberg's given name was often recorded incorrectly as "Lewis" or "Louis."[1]


  1. ^ Bowman, Rob (1997). Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Books. p. 26. ISBN 0-02-860268-4.
  2. ^ "Lewie Polk Steinberg Obituary - Memphis, TN". Dignity Memorial.
  3. ^ Profile: Booker T. and the MGs Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine. About.com.
  4. ^ Mehr, Bob (February 12, 2007). Stax Stacks Up at Grammys. Memphis Commercial Appeal.
  5. ^ Cashmere, Paul (July 22, 2016). "R.I.P. Lewie Steinberg of Booker T & The MGs 1933-2016". Noise11.com.

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