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January 8, 2021

A low-key Memphis guitar legend builds on musical legacy

Associated Press

Image from Steve Cropper Music
Guitarist, songwriter and record producer Steve Cropper has been in the music business for more than six decades. At a time when it was common for white musicians to co-opt the work of Black artists, Cropper was that rare white artist willing to keep a lower profile and collaborate. More than half a century later, he is still making music at 79 years old.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It's 1966 and a thunderstorm illuminates the night sky in Memphis, Tennessee. Two Stax Records musicians, guitarist Steve Cropper and singer Eddie Floyd, sit in a room inside the Lorraine Motel, struggling to fashion a song about love and superstition.

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