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Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2012 8:02:12 PM

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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 on 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 specialised in blues, gospel and soul. He played himself in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

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


Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 6:59:24 AM
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We here at Bluesfest are saddened greatly to hear of the passing of Donald 'Duck' Dunn.
Member of Booker T & The Mg's, and of course Bass player of the Stax records house band, this man played on songs such as - Dock of The Bay, Born Under A Bad Sign, Respect, Hold On I'm Coming - literally hundreds of classics.
He was s session musician for EVERYONE, Elvis,Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Eric clapton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil young, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, Muddy Waters and scores of others and held down the Bass player position in The Blues Brothers Band, and appeared in the Blues Brothers movies.
This is just a small list of 'Duck' Dunn's credits
Both 'Duck' Dunn & Steve Cropper have played together since they were teenagers, and Dunn died in his sleep on the road in Japan with Steve, and Eddie Floyd touring in their Stax Revue, after performing at The Blue Note nightclub in Tokyo.

Please take the time to go to his website or read about Donald' Duck' Dunn.
He was one of the GREATS.
Our condolences go out to his family.
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 8:08:29 AM
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Huey Morgan (of Fun Lovin Criminals) has a weekly spot on the BBC's 6 Music radio station over here and did a tribute show today - quite staggering the volume of stuff that Duck played on. Another great loss this year.
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 8:09:46 PM
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Oh damn...this is really sad news. It always seemed that Duck would always be around. I first became acquainted with his abilities on the great Muddy Water's set Fathers and Sons. Then went through his back catalogue of work and was stunned. That was 40 years ago and he never stopped working to the day he died. I can only imagine what Duck, Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd would have been like. RIP.

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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 10:16:29 PM
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Very sad.
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:37:36 AM
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man this is some legacy he leaves behind..
his family should be proud.

maybe they are putting the band back togeather.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
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