“Hang ‘Em High” by Booker T. & the MG’s 
I’m working on mock 1968 music quizzes tonight, including one question about this song. Here we see another popular instrumental recording group successfully take on a Western film theme. Compared to the original, Booker T. & the MG’s were more inventive in their arrangement than Hugo Montenegro was with “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Like that song, “Hang ‘Em High” reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The MG’s R&B arrangement inspired a series of covers, from Skatalites’ keyboardist Jackie Mittoo to New Orleans funksters The Meters.
Entering 1968, Booker T. & the MG’s hadn’t released a Top 20 record since “Green Onions” made them famous in 1962. That changed in ‘68. Five months before “Hang ‘Em High,” Booker T. & the MG’s saw their Caribbean-flavored song “Soul Limbo” hit #17. (Aside: they played both of these songs when I saw Booker T, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper and Steve Potts perform live last summer. They were still fantastic!)
Are you starting to get the picture that, in addition to all the other great music that year, 1968 was a pretty damn good for instrumentals?