Booker T. & The MGs featuring "Green Onions"
When it comes to recognizing instrumental works in the mid-20th century I'm sure if you had this played for you it would chart as one of the more memorable - another being Young-Holt Unlimited's "Soulful Strut".
According to Wikipedia - ""Green Onions" is an instrumental composition recorded in 1962 by Booker T. & the M.G.'s. Described as "one of the most popular instrumental rock and soul songs ever", the tune is twelve-bar blues with a rippling Hammond B3 organ line by Booker T. Jones that he wrote when he was just 17.
The guitarist Steve Cropper used a Fender Telecaster on "Green Onions", as he did on all of the M.G.'s instrumentals. The track was originally issued in May 1962 on the Volt label (a subsidiary of Stax Records) as the B-side of "Behave Yourself" on Volt 102; it was quickly reissued as the A-side of Stax 127, and it also appeared on the album Green Onions."
Regardless of it titular origin, "Green Onions" defintely brings out a funky cat in everyone. Here's to making up your own lyrics, with all due respect to the melodic creators.
Source material from Wikipedia.Org