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Monday, May 14, 2012

Donald "Duck" Dunn

On 13 May 2012, one of the Rock & Roll greats, Donald "Duck" Dunn passed away at the age of 70. He had finished a performance at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo a few hours early. He was 70 years old. He had been touring with Stever Cropper & Eddie Floyd.
Depending on the generation you are talking to, the band Donald "Duck" Dunn is most identified with is either Booker T & the M.G.s or The Blues Brothers Band. Interestingly enough, in both bands he was associated with Steve Cropper. Dunn didn't join MGs until after their signature tune, Green Onions, was recorded, but he did play it enough to be rightly identified with it.
& while those are the 2 groups he is most associated with Dunn's legacy is spread far & wide beyond those 2 groups. He also played for such greats as Otis Redding, Neil Youg, Sam & Dave, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton & Rod Stewart, among many others. He was the featured bass player for Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty's "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" single.
In 1992, as a part of Booker T & the M.G.s he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Here then is a small sample of the great music he left us:
Green Onions



Soul Limbo


Dock of the Bay



Sweet Home Chicago



& no salute would be complete without his backing up the great Cab Calloway singing Minnie the Moocher

2 Comments:

  • At 15/5/12 1:37 AM , Blogger TH2 said...

    RIP Mr. Dunn, from a fellow bass player. Always remember his big hair and pipe from The Blues brothers.

     
  • At 15/5/12 1:55 PM , Blogger Al said...

    I dug out the DVD & watched it last nite. Couldn't help but think how there is no way they would let him get away with smoking that pipe on stage these days.

     

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