Media Advisory: Smithsonian Accepts Donation of Four Historic Instruments From Celebrated Musician Steve Cropper

Guitars Were Used on “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” and Blues Brothers Movie
November 29, 2016

WHAT: Guitarist and songwriter Steve Cropper will present three guitars and an amplifier used during
               his legendary 60-year career to the National Museum of American History. Cropper also will
               perform some of his songs.

WHEN:     Thursday, Dec. 1
                   11 a.m. - Noon 

WHERE:  Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
                   Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
                   Hall of Music, third floor, west wing

WHO:       John Gray, director, National Museum of American History
                  Steve Cropper, musician and donor
                  John Edward Hasse, curator, American music, National Museum of American History

In a special ceremony, the National Museum of American History will accept a donation of three Fender guitars and an amplifier from Steve Cropper. The objects were used during recording sessions, movies and concerts. There will be a live musical performance of several legendary works by Cropper in which the donated instruments are used and an on-stage interview.

Cropper, born 1941, is an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a prolific recording artist. He wrote or co-wrote hundreds of songs, including “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” “Knock on Wood,” “In the Midnight Hour,” “634-5789” and more than 400 others. His songs have been recorded by Booker T and the MGs, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Michael Bolton, Glen Campbell, Rod Stewart, The Staple Singers, Waylon Jennings, Aaron Neville, Eric Clapton and David Bowie.

Note to editors: Media are welcome to attend by registering with the Office of Communications and Marketing at 202-633-3129 or  

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