Donald Duck Dunn image by Ros O'Gorman

Donald Duck Dunn image by Ros O'Gorman

Stax Legend Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn Dies At 70

by Paul Cashmere on May 13, 2012

in News

Stax music legend Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn has passed away in his sleep in Toyko after finishing two shows in Japan.

Donald Duck Dunn image by Ros O'Gorman

Donald Duck Dunn image by Ros O'Gorman

Dunn was a founding member of Booker T & The MGs with Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper.

At Stax, he was part of the house band that backed Otis Redding on ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’ and  Sam & Dave on ‘Hold On I’m Coming’.

Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn played with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and was also the bass player for Steve Nicks and Tom Petty’s ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’.

In 1980, Dunn played himself in The Blues Brothers movie and reprised his role in ‘The Blues Brothers 2000’.

In 2002, Neil Young recorded sessions with Dunn. Booker T & The MGs backed Young for the album that became  ‘Are You Passionate’. The song ‘Differently’ featured Dunn’s backing vocals with Neil on the album.

In 2007, Australia’s Guy Sebastian recorded his ‘The Memphis Sessions’ album with Dunn, Cropper and Steve Potts of the MGs at Ardent Studios in Memphis.

Dunn’s list of credits include songs with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Jerry Lee Lewis and Wilson Pickett.

Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn was born on November 24, 1941. He was 70.

Also: Steve Cropper announces the death of Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn

Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn discography

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