Donald "Duck" Dunn - RIP

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  1. gwartney

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/enter...IQA67mmPU_story.html?tid=pm_entertainment_pop

    Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, bassist for Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett and others, dies at 70

    Soul rockers Booker T and the MGs seen in 1970 photo: Al Jackson Jr., left, Booker T. Jones; Donald "Duck" Dunn; and Steve Cropper. Bass player and songwriter Dunn died iMay 13, 2012. He was 70.

    Donald “Duck†Dunn, the bass guitarist whose bouncy rhythms helped define the Memphis soul sound of Stax Records and graced recordings by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, the Blues Brothers, Booker T. and the MGs, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart, died May 13 in Tokyo. He was 70.

    His longtime collaborator, guitarist Steve Cropper, announced Mr. Dunn’s death online but did not specify a cause. Mr. Dunn and Cropper had been performing at a Tokyo nightclub in a revue of Stax performers.

    Mr. Dunn played on such classic soul hits as Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour†(1965), Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood†(1966), Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man†(1967) and Redding’s “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay†(1968) — all from the Stax studio where Mr. Dunn was in the house band, Booker T. and the MGs. Stax, with its bluesy, gritty sound and spontaneous approach to recording, rivaled Motown in popularity among soul fans.

    Booker T. and the MGs (or MG’s as they were later billed) — Mr. Dunn, Cropper, drummer Al Jackson Jr. and organist Booker T. Jones — also crafted such memorable instrumentals as “Time is Tight†(1969) and the Latin-flavored “Soul Limbo†(1968). The name MGs reportedly stood for “Memphis Group.†Jones had earlier played in a band named the Triumphs — a fact that helped lead many people to believe that the band was named after the English sports car, the MG.
     
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    Oh wow, I just watched the Blues Brothers this weekend. Random.
     
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    His middle initial was actually "S"
     
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    I saw BT&tMGs backing Neil Young, of all people once....and it was almost as perfect as Crazy Horse, I was quite surprised. He even covered Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay. (srs)
     
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    He was great in that, just pumping away on that bass chewing on his pipe.
     
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    da blooz iz faydin awae......
     
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    Not one mention of Green Onions
     
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