Blues Brother Dies


Dunn, Second from Right with Booker T and the MGs

Legendary bassist and Booker T. and the MGs member Donald “Duck” Dunn died this morning in Tokyo at the age of 70. Dunn’s death was announced by his friend and fellow MG, guitarist Steve Cropper. “Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live.” Dunn was house bassist at the Stax label in the ’60s and played on an amazing array of soul-pop classics including Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour,” and Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” By the early ’70s, Dunn had established himself as a much in-demand session musician and would go on to back Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and many others.

Read more at ew.com.  And check out this great Donald Dunn playlist below or click here to just let it all play.

20 Comments

  1. danner1515

    May 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Sad news. No one rocked a pipe harder than he did.

    • Narc Zito

      May 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

       @danner1515 Although Fez would like to a rock-hard pipe.

  2. jerkstoresean

    May 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Oh thank god Akroyd is ok

  3. Foggy_Otis

    May 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    RIP Duck. Thank you for all the joy and music.

  4. RFGvac

    May 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Man, I fear we’re entering a time where we’re going to see a lot of legends pass.  RIP, Duck.  You were a monster. 

  5. Franktabulous

    May 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    He was a cool cat. Didn’t he smoke a pipe? Cool level is immediately +5 if u smoke a pipe.

  6. rexdart936

    May 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Fuck

  7. Elwood

    May 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Met him backstage in 2000 when he was touring with CSN&Y. It was a privilege I won’t forget. RIP…

  8. Then_Comparison

    May 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    They probably got Pecker Dicks out of his alcohol induced coma a little prematurely for a sunday because On “hip hug her” video as it shows all the members it has the original bassist, Lewie Steinberg not the duck. 

    • Elwood

      May 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

       @Then_Comparison Duck replaced Steinberg in 64. Hip Hug-Her came out in 67, stupid.

      • Then_Comparison

        May 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

         @Elwood yes, go to 0:26 what does it say, i was pointing that out, stupid.

  9. Narc Zito

    May 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Boo.

  10. Narc Zito

    May 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Isn’t this story 30 years old?

    • Bloobs

      May 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

       @Narc Zito Go back to your electronica, homo.

  11. Perrynoid

    May 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    God must have needed the best groove pocket machine ever made

  12. Kevin Dubya

    May 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    The Duck was easily my favorite member of the band

  13. RN Eric

    May 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    That man could play the bass powerful enough to turn goat-piss into gasoline!
     
    Scoot over, goddamit.

  14. TyWanon

    May 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Ok, On THIS Interrobituary I got an Alibi…I was sitting on the Dock of the Bay

  15. Darn Dude

    May 14, 2012 at 8:05 am

    “Jake ain’t lying though. We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.”

  16. rutten187

    May 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhh Sexxxxxxxxy Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl Friennnnnnnnnnnnnd!!!!  BONSAI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!