by BBG

Donald "Duck" Dunn in Blues Brothers
DOnald Duck Dunn

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 of Booker T & The MGs]

Donald "Duck" Dunn of the legendary Booker T & The MG's passed away while on tour at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife June, his son and a grandson.

Booker T & The MG's, besides being an influential funk/soul group in their own right, was the house band for the Stax Records which means that Dunn's funky low-end can be heard on tracks from Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, Mitch Ryder, Mavis Staples, Herbie Mann, Albert King, and countless others. Younger folks may remember him as a member of the original Blues Brothers, and Dunn also shared the stage and the sound booth with names like Joan Baez, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jimmy Buffet, Stevie Nicks, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh and countless others, not to mention the hip hop artists that sampled his work.

Donald "Duck" Dunn you will be missed. Check out some of his musical contributions below in video form, and peruse his considerable discography.

Hip Hug Her -- Booker T. & The MG's

Booker T & the MG's - green onions - mod classic 60s

Duck Dunn 2 Minute History

Otis Redding-Live at Monterey '67