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Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies in Tokyo at age 70

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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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Jul 02 : 02:42am
Have a goodnight RRH and Kim!
What day of the week do you think that ROCK and MGJ will come up with? I'm guessing Friday! :-)

Jul 02 : 02:40am
I've already started a honey-do list for him! Then when he's done with that, there's fishing and golfing! :-)
But really, I like him home!

Jul 02 : 02:36am
He'll be in your hair every day before you know it.

Jul 02 : 02:32am
Two years and ten months
Going fast!

Jul 02 : 02:26am
How many months does Dan have left?

Jul 02 : 02:22am
That's for sure!

Jul 02 : 02:19am
If he weren't working so much, it would have been done.

Jul 02 : 02:10am
We need to re-do our bathroom.
Looking for something to do? Lol!

Jul 02 : 01:59am
Just waiting for Home Depot to come out and install the carpet. Put the towel bars, etc. in the bathroom, and that will be itl

Jul 02 : 01:49am
Are you done with your addition?

Jul 02 : 01:47am
Good deal. He is a hard worker.

Jul 02 : 01:42am
Sure! It's too hot for me...That's why I love Big Bear! My mom had her house on the market, but took it off when Gary sold his. They're snowbirds, so they use her house during the cooler months. Though, Gary goes back to work on the house in Nebraska.

Jul 02 : 01:36am
Thanks for the update, CK. When we get older, the heat just becomes oppressive. Can't blame them. What is your mom going to do with her house?

Jul 02 : 01:34am
Yes, Gary had had cancer, but no more. He is doing great! They have chickens and now baby chicks, and he's a great mom to them. :-D

Jul 02 : 01:31am
Gary and my mom bought acreage in Nebraska and have been building a house for about the last five years. They'll be back in Bullhead by October or so. Gary sold his house across the street from you. That house was beautiful, like a model home with a lot of fruit trees!

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