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Thread started 05/13/12 4:05am

daddymac

RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn

Sad News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18049583

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Reply #1 posted 05/13/12 6:48am

MickyDolenz

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It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
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Reply #2 posted 05/13/12 6:54am

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Wow ....Just a few days ago the film 'The Blues Brothers' came on cable and I watched in its entirety even though I must've seen it hundred times.

He played that bass guitar all the way to the end of his life one of the great bluesmen.

RIP.....Donald

If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life.....Rihanna
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Reply #3 posted 05/13/12 7:14am

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May 13, 2012

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Bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn, who played with Booker T. & the M.G.'s, has died in Tokyo aged 70.

The M.G.'s were the house band for STAX records and Dunn can be heard on a number of tracks including Otis Redding's 'Respect' and Albert King's 'Born Under A Bad Sign'.

The bassist had been in the Japanese city to play a series of concerts as part of a STAX show, featuring Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd, and had played two gigs on Saturday night. Cropper posted on his Facebook page that Dunn had died in his sleep this morning (May 13).

He wrote:

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 in Tokyo Japan after finishing 2 shows at the Blue Note Night Club.

Born in Memphis on November 24, 1941, Dunn was given his nickname by his father as the two watched a Donald Duck cartoon on TV. He began playing the bass guitar when he was 16 and joined Booker T. & the M.G.'s in 1962.

Later on in his career, Dunn performed with Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart. He played himself in the original 1980 The Blues Brothers movie, and its sequel Blues Brother 2000.

Booker T. & the M.G.'s were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and Dunn received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2007.

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Reply #4 posted 05/13/12 7:38am

HuMpThAnG

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Truly a legend rose

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Reply #5 posted 05/13/12 10:49am

Timmy84

What a way to go out. RIP

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Reply #6 posted 05/13/12 4:45pm

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MickyDolenz said:

Just played THIS @ a Funk brunch here in Seattle, shortly after I got the news. Al Jackson needed Duck 2 lay some Funky Bottom down in "Soul Heaven". R.I.P. "Duck" Dunn!!!!!!

sad sad

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Reply #7 posted 05/13/12 5:10pm

StarMon

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இڿڰۣ-ڰۣ— Rest In Peace Donald "Duck" Dunn இڿڰۣ-ڰۣ—


Played on so many hits, with so many different artist.

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Reply #8 posted 05/13/12 8:15pm

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The poster of this video says this was filmed 2 weeks ago in Marshall, Texas.

It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
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Reply #9 posted 05/13/12 10:49pm

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1sotrue said:

Wow ....Just a few days ago the film 'The Blues Brothers' came on cable and I watched in its entirety even though I must've seen it hundred times.



He played that bass guitar all the way to the end of his life one of the great bluesmen.




RIP.....Donald






Agreed. His basslines were so tasteful. He is the one of the reasons why I love that movie. Thank you Dunn and RIP.
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Reply #10 posted 05/14/12 10:30am

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Aww poor Duck, but he went out doing what he loved. He and Al Jackson can be apart of the ever growing supergroup in the sky.

RIP cool

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Reply #11 posted 05/14/12 1:56pm

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A couple of favorites...



...Hip-Hug-Her & Time Is Tight


dove


Music for adventurous listeners


tA

peace Tribal Records

"Ya see, we're not interested in what you know...but what you are willing to learn. C'mon y'all."
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Reply #12 posted 05/15/12 11:10am

Graycap23

R.I.P.

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Reply #13 posted 05/15/12 3:39pm

paligap

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Rest in peace, Donald.....

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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #14 posted 05/16/12 1:45am

blackat

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Oh no no no no. sad

I feel a little personal about this, Duck Dunn has always been sort of someone that my dad looked up to in terms of musicianship. So his music with the Booker T's has been in the family since day 1! Can't believe he's gone...

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Reply #15 posted 05/16/12 5:14am

RodeoSchro

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The Funkiest White Man in America has lost his wingman.

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Thank you, daddymac, for posting this.

Second Funkiest White Man in America

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Reply #16 posted 05/17/12 1:03pm

uPtoWnNY

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RIP

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Reply #17 posted 05/17/12 8:36pm

MickyDolenz

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It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
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Reply #18 posted 05/17/12 9:28pm

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Evryone who has enjoyed and loved the Stax catalouge should give thanks for this man's contribution to the world of music. Honestly, no role is too big or small not to get credit you deserve. Thank you Mr. Dunn, funk hard in Heaven's Holy Band.

Connie Springer
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Reply #19 posted 05/17/12 9:48pm

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Donald 'Duck' Dunn's Quiet, Sweeping Influence

By David A. Graham

May 15 2012, 8:01 AM ET20

The late bassist, famous for his work at Stax Records, left a mark on nearly every genre of pop music.

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The bassist usually doesn't get much attention. Occasionally, a flashy player hogs the spotlight with slapping, popping, and soloing, but it's usually just a quiet guy holding down the low end and staying out of the way. For many listeners, Duck Dunn probably seemed like the latter sort of rudimentary player. That's probably the way he would have had it, too. But it would be a mistake to think of Dunn, who died in his sleep at 70 Sunday, as a background player. In fact, he is probably the most influential bassist of the last 50 years, with an impact in every pop genre save country.

Even if you've never heard of Dunn, you've heard a lot of his playing. That's him easing into Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." Those are his monster arpeggios chugging along under Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Hour." It's his syncopation at the bottom of Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'." And that's him in The Blues Brothers, too. As a member of Booker T. and the MG's, the house band at Stax, he played on most of the great Memphis soul hits. (Ironically, though, he didn't play on the band's most famous tune, "Green Onions"—he joined the band two years after it was recorded.) His most obvious peer was James Jamerson, a long-standing member of the Motown backing band. But Jamerson was melodic and intricate, relying on subtle passing notes and elaborate syncopation. Dunn was a riff-master, staying close to the triad of each cord and sticking to the bottom of the register. It's much simpler, but it's never blunt or bludgeoning.

But it's not just the inevitable head-bopping that accompanies the classic Stax sides that makes Dunn an immortal. It's his influence. Chalk it up to the MG's serving as a melting pot (to borrow the name of the band's 1971 hit, which features one of Dunn's greatest lines). Through the 1950s, black and white musicians increasingly borrowed from one another, with artists from each race recording the same songs (most often squarer versions by white artists of tracks originally recorded by black musicians). Record-buying patterns had begun to change, too, with people like Chuck Berry attracting white listeners.

Still, the group was a serious rarity as an integrated band. Dunn and guitarist Steve Cropper, his childhood friend, were white; keyboardist Booker T. Jones and drummer Al Jackson were black. It gave the band a wider range of influences than the average soul group: Cropper and Dunn were a little bit country, an attribute they showed in their convincing Blues Brothers rendition of "Rawhide." It also gave them a wider audience, bringing soul music—the grittier, greasier Memphis version, no less—to white listeners as well as black ones.

As a result, tracing Dunn's influence over the following years sketches a history of late-20th-century pop music, far beyond the obvious impact on soul and blues—Dunn also played the bass on Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign." Start with rock: The most high-profile admirers of Booker T. and the MG's were the Beatles, whose John Lennon reportedly referred to the band as "Book a Table and the Maitre D's." Take Revolver. The record's opening cut, "Taxman," centers around Paul McCartney and George Harrison doing their best impression of Dunn's repetitive bass riffs and Cropper's choppy, metallic rhythm guitar. Booker T. and the MG's later returned the tribute with McLemore Avenue, an instrumental full-album cover of Abbey Road (the name derived from the street on which Stax's studio was located). The other great rock disciple of the MG's was Neil Young. On Young's 1969 hit "Down by the River," Billy Talbot's soul-flavored bass line is a plodding but unmistakable imitation of Dunn. Young later hired Jones, Dunn, and Cropper to back him on tour.

Meanwhile, Dunn's influence grew in unexpected ways in unexpected genres. Take Jaco Pastorius, the great jazz bassist whose technically elaborate and fluid inventions seem a world away from Dunn's sound. On his debut album, Pastorius recruited Sam and Dave to record a tune called "Come On, Come Over," his tribute to Dunn's stripped-down groove. Punks may have disdained many of the previous generation's rock, but they went to the same wells of influence. On 1980's Black Market Clash, the band recorded a surf-tinged version of Booker T and the MG's "Time Is Tight."

At the same time, hip-hop was growing in popularity in black audiences. Producers were drawn to the MG's: The sound was funky, the drum beats translated well to rap, and the instrumental tracks were perfect for sampling. A very partial list of rappers who have sampled the MG's: Cypress Hill; Ice Cube (repeatedly); Raekwon; Mary J. Blige; ODB; and Big Daddy Kane.

Dunn, a road warrior to the end, died in Tokyo on tour with Cropper and fellow Stax alum Eddie Floyd. The MG's mostly called it quits in 1971, and after Al Jackson was shot to death by a home intruder in 1975 the band only played sporadically. They were a rare act that never seemed to be mining nostalgia, even as they aged, even without Jackson. (I saw them bring down the house in 2007 with a 10-minute extended rendition of "Time Is Tight.") Dunn's demise probably means there will be no reunions. While the group may be gone, Dunn leaves behind an impressive legacy: just a quiet guy holding down the low end who managed to change the sound of pop music.

Duck

It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
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Reply #20 posted 05/18/12 9:21am

thebanishedone

Rest in peace groove master
[Edited 5/18/12 9:23am]
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Reply #21 posted 05/18/12 6:46pm

Smittyrock70

Here's Donald & the band at the peak of their powers backing Otis at Monterrey '67. Check out Donald get off "Donald Duck" style on "Respect."

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Reply #22 posted 05/18/12 7:01pm

Smittyrock70

Donald, Al, Steve, & Booker T. Otis = Heaven!

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Reply #23 posted 05/18/12 7:09pm

Smittyrock70

Final one. RIP Donald, Al, & Otis!!! Thanx for the Soul!

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Reply #24 posted 05/20/12 12:02am

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thank you Mr. Donald "Duck" Dunn for sharing your love of music with so many people.

Guitar An...

my sincere thoughts and condolenses to family and friends of Mr. Dunn.

another musical star shines in our heavens.

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Reply #25 posted 06/15/12 8:48pm

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It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
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Reply #26 posted 06/16/12 8:50am

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Saw him play a free show at Central Park in NYC with his band along with Ike Turner and Scotty Moore. They were awesome. RIP. I shook Scottys hand and he autograghed a CD he had out at the time. I'll never forget it.

Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
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Reply #27 posted 07/02/12 9:06pm

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It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
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It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
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