Booker T. Jones Honors Prince During Memphis Performance

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Booker T. Jones has paid homage to Prince with a solemn version of “Purple Rain” during a performance in Memphis.

Jones, who usually plays a Hammond organ, played guitar and sang Prince and the Revolution’s hit song from 1984.

Prince, a groundbreaking pop singer, producer and instrumentalist, died in April at age 57.

Jones played mostly organ before a gathering of about 350 at the intimate Halloran Centre on Saturday. He performed hits from his days leading the influential Booker T. and the M.G.’s, including “Green Onions,” ‘‘Soul Limbo,” and “Time is Tight.”

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Jones and his band also played soul and R&B mainstays from Stax Records, including “Knock On Wood,” ‘‘Try a Little Tenderness,” and “Hold On, I’m Comin.’“