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Donald "Duck" Dunn has passed
« on: May 14, 2012, 01:24:23 pm »

Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies at 70; soul music bassist
Donald Dunn is the guy with the hat

Associated Press - The session musician helped created the gritty Memphis sound in the 1960s and played with the Blues Brothers, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. He contributed to such songs as 'In the Midnight Hour' and 'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.'

Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. and the MGs and contributed to such classics as "In the Midnight Hour," "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," died Sunday. He was 70.

Dunn, whose legacy as one of the most respected session musicians in the business also included work with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers as well as with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, died while on tour in Tokyo.

News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.

Dunn was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1941, and according to the biography on his official website, was nicknamed for the cartoon character by his father. His father, a candy maker, did not want him to be a musician.

"He thought I would become a drug addict and die. Most parents in those days thought music was a pastime, something you did as a hobby, not a profession," Dunn said.

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Re: Donald "Duck" Dunn has passed
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 07:55:57 pm »


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Re: Donald "Duck" Dunn has passed
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 08:38:49 pm »
There's a great piece of theatre in the lives of those interracial house bands making historic music.