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Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies in Tokyo at age 70

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Ernest T. Bass
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Legendary Booker T. and the MGs bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies in Tokyo at age 70

by Clark Collis

Legendary bassist and Booker T. and the MGs member Donald “Duck” Dunn died this morning in Tokyo at the age of 70. Dunn’s death was announced by his friend and fellow MG, guitarist Steve Cropper. “Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live” Cropper wrote on his website. “Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing two shows at the Blue Note Night Club.”

Dunn was born in Memphis in November 1941 and was gifted the nickname “Duck” by his father when the pair were watching a Donald Duck cartoon on TV. The musician started playing bass at the age of 16. “I tried the guitar but it had two strings too many,” he later joked. “It was just too complicated, man! Plus, I grew up with Steve Cropper. There were so many good guitar players another one wasn’t needed. What was needed was a bass.”

Dunn and Cropper’s band The Mar-Keys scored a hit with “Last Night” in 1961. The pair subsequently became studio musicians at the label Stax, releasing records as members of Booker T. and the MGs and performing on an amazing array of seminal soul-pop hits. Tracks to benefit from Dunn’s firm yet fluid playing include Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour,” and Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’.”

By the early ’70s, Dunn had established himself as a much in-demand session musician and would go on to back Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and many others. He was also a key member of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers Band and appeared in John Landis’ 1980 movie The Blues Brothers.

Dunn played at both 1967′s Monterey Pop Festival (with Redding) and 1985′s Live Aid (with Clapton). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of Booker T. and the MGs, in 1992.

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Dunn was an outstanding musician; one that people heard often but had no idea who he was.
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Sep 30 : 09:52pm
Juliann, sorry it took me awhile tor respond. Thanks!

Sep 30 : 09:43pm
All i can say is this game really sucks.

Sep 30 : 09:41pm
San J.or what. Please try to be more specific.

Sep 30 : 08:36pm
Smoke from SanJacinto/idlewild or ?

Sep 30 : 05:47pm
Hi Around the Lake


Sep 30 : 04:45pm
Sadie Girl... Thanks to you, too....yep, not seeing the Arctic Circle for a while since we do the drive on Fridays and Mondays.

Sep 30 : 04:41pm
Echofox, yes, we came up today by noon via 330..... Easy drive.

Sep 30 : 04:39pm
Ha! Snow Valley! to the dam, not Snow Summit! I didn't even catch my error by reading Mtn goat John's joking post here. Duh.

Mtn goat John
Sep 30 : 03:52pm
Juliann is aware of where the closure is.
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I just happened to point out a slight mistake on her part. Far be it from me to let one of those go.

Sep 30 : 03:44pm
Wow looking at the overnight temps on Benny's forecast, looks cold! I'm ready for the fallsy feel again

Sadie Girl
Sep 30 : 03:32pm
Julianne , the artic circle that's going to be closed. From snow valley to big bear dam.

Sep 30 : 01:21pm
Julianne, did you come up today?

Mtn goat John
Sep 30 : 01:02pm
Well if it is only closed from Snow Summit to the dam go North Shore.
I guess like you said 38.

Sep 30 : 12:56pm
So starting Monday, the 18 is closed from Snow Summit to BB dam. Monday - Friday 10/3 until 10/27 (except on 10/14). Advised to use 38. Should I believe
that? : )

Sep 30 : 12:26pm
Actually, Waze told us to go up the 330 and it was fast easy drive, no road work!

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