Donald “Duck” Dunn, (November 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012), rhythm & blues bass player.

Donald “Duck” Dunn was born in Memphis and was a childhood friend of guitarist Steve Cropper, who he played alongside for most of his life. He was self-taught on the bass and developed his own distinctive approach to the instrument and establishing a groove. In 1962, Cropper co-founded the group Booker T and the MG’s with Booker T. Jones. Dunn soon joined the group and played on several of their classic recordings. In addition, he and Cropper became part of the house band for the Stax label in Memphis and performed on more classic hits by such artists as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and even Elvis Presley.

After leaving Stax, Dunn moved to Los Angeles and became a session musician there, playing on hits by Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and Levon Helm. His biggest exposure came in the Dan Akroyd & John Belushi hit film, The Blues Brothers,” where he was a member of the band, again along with Steve Cropper. He later reprise his role in the sequel, “Blues Brothers 2000”. He was also a frequent member of Eric Clapton’s touring band, including an appearance at the original Live Aid concerts. In addition to touring with Cropper, Dunn was a member of Neil Young’s band, Crazy Horse. As a member of Booker T and the MG’s, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award in 2007. Dunn died in his sleep after a concert in Tokyo with Cropper.

Visit the official Donald “Duck” Dunn website here.

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