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Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies in Tokyo at age 70

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Ernest T. Bass
Sun May 13 2012, 11:11AM Email Thread Print View

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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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2Fine4U!
Apr 22 : 10:34pm
Oh no that's absolutely horrible news!!

SQUATCH
Apr 22 : 10:28pm
My wife was coming up the hill around 9pm, turned back at green valley, the only signs below said traffic accident not road closer!
Cal Trans guy told my wife that a CHP officer was killed in a shooting

2Fine4U!
Apr 22 : 09:58pm
So, is this "accident" part of the shooting investigation too? Crazy night regardless...

***SCM ALERT***
Apr 22 : 09:22pm

TYPE: TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
AREA: LUCERNE VALLEY
UNITS: ME8 MA8
OLD WOMAN SPRINGS RD / MIDWAY AVE - LUC X LAT/LON:34444023 /116902029
More Info: Click Here

***SCM ALERT***
Apr 22 : 08:45pm
As of 20:30 hours Hwy 18 between the Big Bear Dam and Green Valley Lake Road is still CLOSED with no ETA as to reopening.

COLDMIZER
Apr 22 : 08:32pm
Rim Traffic is saying the 18 will not be open till the morning?? How do we find this out?

BootsNBridles
Apr 22 : 07:58pm
MGJ-Good to know they have the perps. BadBear- I'm with you! Back In The Nest Stormy!!

COLDMIZER
Apr 22 : 07:13pm
MGJ.... Thank you. My fiancé was about ten cars behind the incident heading down when it happened and turned around and came back here, now just waiting....

BadBear420
Apr 22 : 06:53pm
Will spmeone please tlell Stormy to get his butt inside. Play time is over

Mtn.goat John
Apr 22 : 06:39pm
Coldmizer,
This from CalTrans
18 Full Closure
From Green Valley Lake Rd to 44.327- Big Bear Dam

Suspects are in custody. Highway is closed for a shooting investigation. PER SBSO Code 4

COLDMIZER
Apr 22 : 06:31pm
WOW! so with the suspect still not caught, its gunna be closed then for a while for sure, ugh.

Lumbe® Jill
Apr 22 : 06:31pm
Or were you responding to COLDMIZER?

Lumbe® Jill
Apr 22 : 06:30pm
Where?

BootsNBridles
Apr 22 : 06:30pm
Gunshots heard/fired. Suspect still on the loose. I dont know more than that.

COLDMIZER
Apr 22 : 06:28pm
Thx, that's what I had heard as well, thank you. I have not seen any updates on closures on the local conditions site at all on that map....



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