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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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Missouri Mike
Apr 30 : 09:35am
Looks like your in my other neck of the woods NSA. Snow stopped for a bit but starting up again. Hope we get more snow than you do rain on your campout; though we need the rain.

Apr 30 : 08:58am
heavy snow but not really accumulating on the roads but it is everywhere else

Apr 30 : 08:53am
Hi neighbor Missouri Mike!

At the big scout camp near foothill ranch this weekend. Rained a bit, sorry to miss the snow!

Missouri Mike
Apr 30 : 08:51am
Beautifully heavy snow in Fawnskin. Happy last day of April all.

Apr 30 : 08:33am
Wish Summit was still open

Apr 30 : 08:33am
Thanks for that heads up about the snow. I was going to head up in a few hours but if it is still snowing I may wait until tomorrow

Apr 30 : 08:14am
Snowing hard here and starting to stick

Apr 30 : 08:00am
Good morning all! There's white stuff falling from the sky in big bear! Lovely!

Apr 30 : 03:55am

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Craig (KJ6BCM)
Apr 29 : 10:04pm

Craig (KJ6BCM)
Apr 29 : 09:54pm
Helicopter is over the area between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain to check the area.

Craig (KJ6BCM)
Apr 29 : 09:50pm
Units are still checking the area South of Snow Summit. 2N10 x 2N08. 40king Helicopter enroute to take a look from the air.

Craig (KJ6BCM)
Apr 29 : 09:46pm
As Lumber Jill just said the lights appear to be the mistaken identity. Per Scanner: Units in the area of the View Haus at Snow Summit only see the lights at the facility. No fire seen in the area.

Lumbe® Jill
Apr 29 : 09:26pm
Summit REALLY needs to change their lights to white!

Craig (KJ6BCM)
Apr 29 : 09:21pm
SO, based on SCM reporters, transcribers, and Mr. Bens cameras located all over the BB Valley, we are taking this as a mistaken Identity at this time. Not official, but as of now no fire has been found in the area.

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