5.23.2012

Duck Dunn, Bassist in Booker T. and the MG’s, Dies at 70

Duck Dunn, a simple yet inventive bass playing anchored the hit track lots and help determine the Memphis soul music, died Sunday morning in Tokyo, where he was on tour. He was 70.

His death was announced online by the guitarist Steve Cropper, old colleagues and fellow members of the quartet of Booker T. paper and the MG, said Mr. Dunn died in his sleep but can not determine the cause. Mr. Dunn and Mr. reaper held the Blue Note Tokyo in a band of Stax Records alumni.

As the bassist of the population in the Stax studio in Memphis for Most of 1960, Mr. Dunn gave a solid, classic soul blues records like Wilson Pickett "In the Midnight Hour," Sam & Dave " Hold On, I'm I'm Coming, "Albert King" Born Under Bad to sign "and a long string of hits by Otis Redding, with whom he and other musicians of the Stax studio also performed in the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967.

Stax recordings, known as their raw soulfulness that, down-home, a noticeable difference in favor of slickness friendly rival Stax, Motown. Mr. Dunn has been playing an important element of the sound of Stax.

Booker T. and the MG (the initials stood for Memphis Group), whose members - Mr. Dunn, Mr. Cropper, drummer Al Jackson and Booker T. organ Jones - as the core of the Stax studio band, has some impressive hit singles himself, including "Hip Hug-her" and (Mr. Dunn is not playing the first and biggest hit, " ; onion "Time Is strict." green, "which reached No. 3. on the Billboard charts in 1962 because he helped another group member, the Mar-Keys, which has its own No. 3 hit in 1961 with a ) The team is not unusual for the period of "Last Night" that integrates race:. Mr. Cropper, Dunn and Mr. White, Mr. Jones and Mr. Jackson is black.

After Booker T. and MG was disbanded in early 1970, Mr. Dunn remained active in Stax as a session musician and occasional manufacturer. He also performed or recorded with a long list of famous artists, including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Evaluation of a concert by the Mr. Clapton in 1985, Robert Palmer of The New York Times praised Mr. Dunn as "probably the most elastic rock bassist impeccable" and said that his presence lift band "on its own level of play. "

One of the most high-profile sideman work with Mr. Dunn of the band back to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in their incarnation as The Blues Brothers, a mixed repertory plays Chicago style electric blues with Stax-style R & B. The members of the band, which also includes Mr reaper, is used and the role of music in the 1980 movie "The Blues Brothers" and also the latter outcome, "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998), starring the Mr. Aykroyd and John Goodman.

"In addition to Booker Band, this is the most fun band I ever," says Mr. Dunn vintage guitar magazine in 2007.

Booker T. and MG that reunited periodically, even if they have no regular drummer after that Mr. Jackson was shot in 1975. Then their performances include a tour as the band behind Neil Young in 1993. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than in 1992 and received a life achievement Grammy award in 2007.

Donald Dunn was born in Memphis on November 24, 1941, and earned the nickname as a child. After Mr. Cropper, a childhood friend, started playing guitar, electric bass Mr. Dunn took - because he likes to say, it has two lower string guitar - and both are working around town while still in high school with a band that would become Mar-key. He followed Mr. cropper on Stax studio and is a member of Booker T. and mg of the mid-1960s.

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