Bass player Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies in Tokyo

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  1. Jello Biafra

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    "We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline"

    Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band,
    has died in Tokyo. He was 70.

    Dunn was in Tokyo for a series of shows. News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.
    Miho Harasawa, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Blue Note, the last venue Dunn played, confirmed he died alone early Sunday. She had no further details.

    Dunn, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, performed on recordings with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and many others, and specialized in blues, gospel and soul. He played himself in the 1980 hit movie "The Blues Brothers."
    He received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2007 for his work with Booker T. and the MGs.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic...13/international/i013114D54.DTL#ixzz1ul8IdA73


    RIP, Donald.:nooo:
     
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    Duck Dunn was as unique and essential to the core of Booker T & The MGs sound as Steve Cropper, Booker T, and the late, great Al Jackson.
    Sad news.
     
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    Yep. if you haven't yet check out Respect Yourself : The Stax Records Story. Great documentary about the scene

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    it must really suck to have to tour at age 70
     
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    RIP :rip:
     
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    Now on a mission *to* God. That dude had his hand in a ton of great music.
     
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    Correct!
    I own the dvd & I've read Soulsville U.S.A. The Story of Stax by Rob Bowman. Both relate the heartbreaking story of how the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King, the riots and street protests around the country and the rise of the Black Power movement totally brought a poisoned the atmosphere to Stax Studios and over at American Studios.
    For the 1st time Cropper and Duck felt like strangers in a scene they'd been immersed in since their teenage years.
    Really a sad fucking story.
    Also recommended: Feel Like Going Home by Peter Guralnick
    and:
    Waking Up In Memphis by the great Andria Lisle (if only for her esssay "Soul City U.S.A.)
    Andria did a great (and lengthy) investigative piece for the music magazine Grand Royal in the Fall 1997 issue on the mysterious death of Al Jackson Jr. that's worth seeking out here: http://www.rocksbackpages.com/article.html?ArticleID=652
     
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    It was the only life he knew. He loved it. For a guy like him, making music was his life.
    He might have died in his sleep but as John Prine once opined in song, "he was in heaven before he died"
     
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    Well I hope that is the case, most do the touring part for the money and become locked into it. It's not an easy life to lead.
     
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    goodnight funny man
     
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    godzilla claims another victim.
     
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    I was always under the impression that Booker T and the MG's were of the Nigra persuasion.
     
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    only 1/2

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    Or it must be great to still be able to when you feel like it, and still have fun doing it. Especially with an old buddy you've been playing with on and off for 50 years. :c
    Hell, I thought I pretty much knew his history. Who the hell didn't this guy play with?
     
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    Back in the day it didn't matter so much. Hell, there were usually only a couple stations in most cities that played rock/pop/motown and it was all on the same channel. AM radio, of course. :2kbill:
     
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    Back in MY day ...we had cowboys ...coz that's all there were :cowboy: