Lewie Steinberg

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Lewie Steinberg
Lewie Steinberg accepting Brass Note on Beale Street's Walk of Fame.jpg
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 (September 13, 1933 – July 21, 2016)[1] was an American musician best known as the original bass guitar player for the soul music group Booker T. & the M.G.'s.


Steinberg was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Baptist parents. 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[2] and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He lived in Memphis.[3]

Steinberg died from cancer on July 21, 2016, in Memphis, at the age of 82.[4]


  1. ^ "Lewie Polk Steinberg Obituary - Memphis, TN". Dignity Memorial.
  2. ^ Profile: Booker T. and the MGs Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine. About.com.
  3. ^ Mehr, Bob (February 12, 2007). Stax Stacks Up at Grammys. Memphis Commercial Appeal.
  4. ^ Cashmere, Paul (July 22, 2016). "R.I.P. Lewie Steinberg of Booker T & The MGs 1933-2016". Noise11.com.

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