Lewis "Lewie" Steinberg, Booker T. & the M.G.'s original bassist who played on the soul group's classic 1962 instrumental "Green Onions," died Thursday following a battle with cancer, Memphis' Commercial Appeal reports. He was 82. The Stax Museum confirmed Steinberg's death.Steinberg served as the bassist in Booker T. & the M.G.'s alongside keyboardist Booker T. Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper and drummer Al Jackson from 1962 to 1965, appearing on a pair of LPs with the group, 1962's Green Onions and 1965's Soul Dressing. Since that group also served as Stax Records' house band, Steinberg's bass can be heard on albums like Otis Redding's Pain in My Heart."Green Onions" resulted from an hour-long jam session the group had prior to laying down a jingle. "I said, 'Shit, this is the best damn instrumental I've heard since I don't know when,' " guitarist Cropper later recalled. The track was named to Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.Steinberg is also listed as a songwriter on "Green Onions," even though his more famous successor in Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Donald "Duck" Dunn, was often mistakenly attributed to the track. As Steinberg's niece Diane Lewis told the Commercial Appeal, "I saw Paul Shaffer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (this year) and he talked about Lewie. He said, 'I want you to know that Duck Dunn always made sure everyone knew that Lewie Steinberg was the one who played on Green Onions.'" Dunn died in 2012.In an apocryphal anecdote, it was Steinberg who suggested that "Green Onions" be titled "Funky Onions," but Stax founder Estelle Axton considered title "too out there", Lewis said. Jones instead opted for "Green Onions," as he once admitted in an interview, "Because that is the nastiest thing I can think of and it's something you throw away."Steinberg, along with the rest of Booker T. and the M.G.'s, were enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. He and his former band mates were also inducted into the Memphis Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.RelatedDonald 'Duck' Dunn, Bass Player for Booker T. and the MGs, Dead at 70Booker T. Jones: 'I'm Completely Reborn Now in the Music'Booker T. Unleashes the Blues on 'Sound the Alarm' - Album Premiere
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Arcade Fire performed their first U.S. show of 2016 Friday night at the opening day of New York's inaugural Panorama Festival. Immediately following their headlining set, the group and guests the Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up for a second line tribute to David Bowie similar to the one they staged in New Orleans soon after the music icon's January death.This time around, Win Butler and company performed Bowie's "Heroes," "Suffragette City" and "Rebel Rebel" with instruments in hand as the second line navigated through the crowd at Randalls Island, with a large screen projecting an image of Bowie on the 'Heroes' cover.In January, less than a week after Bowie's death, Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band coordinated a traditional second line parade through the streets of New Orleans to memorialize the rock legend, a tribute that also received the blessing of the Bowie estate. Two months later, Butler performed Bowie's "Fame" as part of a all-star superjam at the Okeechobee Festival in Florida."David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions," the group said in a statement at the time of Bowie's death. "He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created."RelatedArcade Fire on Bowie: 'The World Is More Bright Because of Him'Watch Arcade Fire's Win Butler Sing David Bowie's 'Fame' at All-Star JamWatch Arcade Fire's New David Bowie Tribute Clip
A massive wildfire destroyed at least 18 homes and threatened 1,500 more Sunday as flames churned through tinder-dry canyons north of Los Angeles where authorities found a burned body in a neighborhood