Legendary Stax Bass Player – Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn Dead at 70
“Today I lost my best friend, the World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live. Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing 2 shows at the Blue Note Night Club.” - Steve Cropper
In addition to all of the great Stax records he played on (Booker T. & the MG’s, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Albert King…) he also played on albums by Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Bill Withers, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, John Prine, Leon Russell, Roy Buchanan, Peter Frampton and many more.
He then, along with Steve Cropper, joined the Blues Brothers- which went on to spawn two feature films. In the ’80′s, Duck became the touring bass player in Eric Clapton’s band. You can see Duck playing with Clapton during 1985′s Live Aid show.
Dunn was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Booker T. & the MG’s in 1992.
Legend is a word thrown around all too often these days… in this case, it fits.