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Donald “Duck” Dunn dies at 70…

I was sorry to hear that blues bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, studio musician, producer and song writer, who played on more songs than one can easily count, had passed away. The bassist for Booker T and the MGs, he was probably most famous for playing himself in The Blues Brothers films.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, his father nicknamed him “Duck” while watching Disney cartoons with him one day.At Stax Records, Dunn was a studio musician on songs like Otis Redding‘s Respect” and “I Can’t Turn You Loose“, Sam & Dave‘s “Hold On, I’m Comin’“, and Albert King‘s “Born Under a Bad Sign.” He would later play for play for Muddy Waters, Freddie King, and Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart. He joined with Steve Cropper, former Stax drummer Willie Hall, and Dan Aykroyd, to form the The Blues Brothers band on two movies and on tour.

Dunn died in his sleep after finishing a double show at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo yesterday.

Here’s a history of “Duck” Dunn: