DONALD “DUCK” DUNN R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

May 13, 2012

I WAS SORRY TO HEAR OF THE FINAL TRANSITION OF DONALD “DUCK” DUNN, THE BASS PLAYER FOR BOOKER T. AND THE MG’S (“GREEN ONIONS”, “TIME IS TIGHT”) MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HERE’S THE FULL STORY ABOUT HIS PASSING.

TOKYO (AP) — Bass player and songwriter Donald “Duck” Dunn, a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, has died in Tokyo. He was 70.

Dunn was in Tokyo for a series of shows. News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.

Miho Harasawa, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Blue Note, the last venue Dunn played, confirmed he died alone early Sunday. She had no further details.

Dunn, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, performed on recordings with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and many others, and specialized in blues, gospel and soul. He played himself in the 1980 hit movie “The Blues Brothers.”

He received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2007 for his work with Booker T. and the MGs.

His friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour, said’, “Today I lost my best friend,” Cropper “The World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live”.

*PHOTO AT TOP L-R ..AL JACKSON, JR., BOOKER T. JONES, DONALD “DUCK” DUNN, AND STEVE CROPPER…BOOKER T. AND THE MG’S

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6 Responses to “DONALD “DUCK” DUNN R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!”

  1. Artie Wayne Says:

    Transcribed from an e mail

    transcribed from an email

    Thanks Artie,

    Being an only child, Duck Dunn was the closest person to a brother I never had. We did everything together from the time we were 11.
    Duck could have been anything he wanted but chose to be a bass player, not sure he knew he was the World’s greatest. I have lost

    much more than a friend.

    Steve Cropper

  2. cyclops2 Says:

    Booker T. Jones comments on the death of Donald “Duck” Dunn:

    “My good friend and bass player, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn has passed away this morning in Tokyo. He was in the company of good friends Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper. My daughter Cicely called to tell me the news. Steve said he died in his sleep.

    “I am struck deeply by Duck’s death, have just begun to shed tears over Levon Helm, Andrew Love, and Chris Ethridge. And I must here mention that we have also lost Skip Pitts – (guitar on ‘It’s Your Thing’ and ‘Shaft’).

    “God is calling names in the music world. He gave us these treasures and now he is taking them back. Duck was too close to me for me to at this point realize the full implications of his passing. I’m just trying to pray for those who were closer to him – his wife June, and his son Mike, and his brothers and sister.

    “I can’t imagine not being able to hear Duck laugh and curse, but I’m thankful I got to spend time and make music with him. His intensity was incomparable. Everyone loved him. None more than Otis Redding.

    “Of all the ‘departures’ of the past 30 days, this one is the hardest and most crushing for me. It was totally unexpected, and I’ve rarely had tears come so quickly. I’ve always believed that every closing door opens another, and this one will have some good effect too, somewhere down the line.”

  3. Artie Wayne Says:

    Transcribed from e-mails and comments on FACEBOOK

    I loved Duck Dunn, His simple country bass lines along with Al jackson’s famous groundbreaking “back beat” showed a recially divided generation of black and white kids how to dance to the same music. My heart goes out to June, his brother and kids but especially his lifelong pal Steve Cropper who has suffered a terrible loss. Good Grief. . .

    LEE HOUSEKEEPER

    Very saddened and shocked by reports of the passing of Duck Dunn in Japan, after his 2-show concert in a nightclub there…..just can’t believe it. Donald Duck Dunn, an Original and wonderful bass player, terrific person….he’s younger than me, but traveling is very stressful imo….Sympathies to his Family and Friends. 😦 very sad..

    .CAROL KAYE

    Simply, “THE BEST” R.I.P.

    JERRY HELLER

    Duck” was a drummer’s dream come true!!

    MICHAEL WALLS

    R.I.P. “Duck”!!! great musician.

    SUSAN WOODNICK

    Duck was the consummate good ol’ boy.Funny, irreverent and a pleasure to spend a day on the links with.

    RUSSELL FRIEDMAN

  4. Artie Wayne Says:

    The bottom is the foundation of a hit and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn was the man that delivered the bottom to the top of the charts. Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding , Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave plus more all have the Duck to thank for that funky bottom sound.

    This has been a bad year with the loss of some great artists but now a man that truly knew what it was like to live the dream has moved from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, to Rock & Roll Heaven to join one hell of a band.

    Jimmy Jay http://www.rewindshow.com/

  5. Andrew C. Jones Says:

    Now, Artie (and whoever reads this), I am in no way putting down “Duck” Dunn or denigrating his playing; he was brilliant, and he’ll be sorely missed, especially now. But he did, after all, replace one Lewis Steinberg, who was the MGs’ original bassist (he was on “Green Onions”) and who seemed to disappear off the face of the earth after leaving the band. Pay tribute to “Duck” Dunn? Yes, definitely; but spare a thought for Steinberg, wherever he is.

  6. Artie Wayne Says:

    Transcribed from an email

    Artie….my thoughts about my old friend Duck Dunn, are that he was one of the greatest bass players EVER, and one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing….”Music has lost its bottom.”

    Richard Kimball


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