Clearing the Browser Tabs – Thanks for Everything, Duck.

| May 14, 2012 | Reply

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.

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