Steve Cropper

American guitarist, songwriter, and record producer

Steven Lee Cropper (born October 21, 1941 in Willow Springs, Missouri), also known as Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, is an American guitarist, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the guitarist with Booker T. & the M.G.'s who made instrumental music for singers such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. He sometimes also helped make records by these singers. He also became known as a member of the Blues Brothers band.[1] Rolling Stone lists him 36th on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[2]

Steve Cropper
Steve Cropper, April 2007
Steve Cropper, April 2007
Background information
Born (1941-10-21) October 21, 1941 (age 81)
Dora, Missouri, US
GenresRhythm and blues, soul, funk, electric blues, blues
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer, actor
Years active1958–present
LabelsStax Records
WebsiteOfficial website


  1. Allmusic biography.
  2. "Steve Cropper, 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" Rolling Stone, Archived 2010-12-07 at the Wayback Machine