LITTLE Colne Muni is fast becoming the second home to the legendary Stax soul label.

In recent years Mavis Staples and guitarist Steve Cropper, twice, have given jaw-dropping perform-ances.

And, on Sunday, Booker T Jones, Cropper’s sparring partner in Booker T and the MGs, graced what is becoming a hallowed stage.

And he was awesome.

A sign of how the four-times Grammy award winner is regaled was the number of musicians, including the Animals’ Mickey Gallagher, who had kept Sunday clear to pay homage.

For me just to see the man who wrote Green Onions, Soul Limbo and Time Is Tight yards away was mind-numbing.

But the unassuming king of the keyboards, in pork pie hat, also gave some fabulous vocal renditions of Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’, Otis Redding’ s ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’, and Albert King’s ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, which Booker co-wrote with William Bell.

I first saw Booker T on the Sam and Dave Stax-Volt tour in 1968.

All I can say is he has weathered the subsequent years far better than I have!