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Steve Cropper Quotes

Steve Cropper is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, producer and songwriter. His songs and his distinctive guitar playing helped create the Memphis soul sound of the ‘60s.

“I believe in technology going forward. I do like to work with an engineer, but I know how to run Pro Tools, and I have a system in my own studio.” – Steve Cropper

“I’m a Top 40 record guy. I remember the hits and don’t remember the flops. Something in my brain blocks them out.” – Steve Cropper

“My ears won’t fool me. Even when I do a session on digital, we still warm it up somewhere in the process, in mastering or mixing, running the signal through some tubes somewhere.” – Steve Cropper

“I am a very lucky guy. I’ve had a great career and I still get to do it and get to hang out with all these wonderful people. It’s just a blast.” – Steve Cropper

“If you took a little of Sam Cooke and a little of Little Richard, and poured it in a jar and shook it up and poured it out you would get Otis Redding.” – Steve Cropper

“I had been raised on country and western in Missouri. But gospel was great.” – Steve Cropper

“Memphis is in a very lucky position on the map. Everything just gravitated to Memphis for years.” – Steve Cropper

“Most studios in Memphis had a house set of drums; the drummers just brought their own sticks.” – Steve Cropper

“Lorne finally said, Do the Blues Brothers thing. The response was amazing. People went nuts.” – Steve Cropper

“Garry Trudeau put me in the Doonesbury strip many years ago. So I’ve been a cartoon once.” – Steve Cropper

“I’m one of those guys who likes to piddle around in the garage and fix stuff.” – Steve Cropper

“I could have gone on to be an engineer full time, except that there was more demand for my playing. But the love of working the board never leaves you.” – Steve Cropper

“I lived in a hotel across the street from Disneyland for a month.” – Steve Cropper

“My favorite moment of the whole thing was when John Belushi suggested that I get a hold of all the blues records I could so I could research the music.” – Steve Cropper

“I went from the really crude way we had of recording in Memphis to working with the top engineers and technologies in Los Angeles.” – Steve Cropper

“I started getting calls to do sessions as a guitarist. I never thought I was that good of a guitarist, though I knew I could hold my own.” – Steve Cropper

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