We lost another great musician yesterday. Donald “Duck” Dunn, who provided the bassline for Memphis R&B and Soul for a good chunk of the 60s died in his sleep at the age of 70. Dunn was in Tokyo, where he had played a double-set with long-time musical partner Steve Cropper and the legendary singer Eddie Floyd the night before.
You’ve heard Dunn’s work, even if you didn’t know who was playing the bass. He was part of the Mar-Keys and later Booker T and the MG’s, which group also doubled as the house band for the Stax-Volt recording studio when Booker T wasn’t playing with them. Dunn recorded with Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Arthur Conley as well as many others during his career. He was also, famously, part of the Blues Brothers band.
See? You did too know who he was. And now he’s gone. Let’s hope a thousand young bass players pick up where he left off. We could use some more funk on the bottom.
And now, links!
- Jeff Goldstein has a heck of a question about selective rule enforcement and our money.
- If you really think President Obama’s “brave” stand on gay marriage is anything but a political calculation, guess again.
- Ooh! Ed Driscoll has treated us to a shiny new Silicon Graffiti!
- I like this bit of advice for busy mothers unearthed by Pundette. C.S. Lewis is always a good place to go for a useful bit of inspiration.
- Here are more people killed by the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious. But we don’t care about them since they’re Mexicans, right?
- It’s treason! Treason, I say! TREEEEEAAAAAASOOOOONNNN!
- Arthur Brooks’ interesting life (from horn player in a symphony orchestra to the American Enterprise Institute) has given him a particular vision of success and helplessness and why free enterprise makes for strong adults. His new book, The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise looks to be an interesting read. I’ll let you know how it is once it arrives this week!