Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn Remembered as Legendary Stax Session Bassist [VIDEO]
Legendary bass player, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, died in his sleep on Sunday, May 13, while on tour in Tokyo, Japan, he was 70.
Dunn formed The Royal Spades as a teenager, they later became The Mar-Keys. When fellow band member Steve Cropper left the band, the ‘Duck’ followed and they both became members of the Stax Record label’s backup band, Booker T. & the MG’s.
Some of the classics they played on include Otis Redding’s ‘(Sitting On)The Dock of the Bay,’ Wilson Pickett’s ‘In The Midnight Hour’ and Sam and Dave’s ‘Hold On I’m Coming.’
If you’ve watched the ‘Blues Brothers’ movie, you have seen him puffing on his pipe while playing the bass with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s backup band.
Booker T. and the MG’s were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the surviving members of the band received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2007.
Time to pull out those Stax records and pay tribute to Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn.