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