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In Memory of Donald “Duck” Dunn

This is first and foremost a movie blog, but I wanted to write a little something about legendary bass player Donald “Duck” Dunn. He played in the band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and he also worked on countless records recorded under the Stax music label and can be heard on some of the most famous blues, soul, and rock tunes that have ever been made. He was a frequent collaborator with my favorite singer of all-time, Otis Redding. Dunn died today, May 13th, while on tour in Japan with his friend, guitarist Steve Cropper.

He is prominently featured in the film The Blues Brothers, one of the funniest films ever and probably the only musical that I really, truly love. A clip from one of the film’s musical performances is above (you can skip over the advertisement in the beginning). Make sure to look for Dunn in the back, playing his bass and smoking a pipe like a badass. As someone who almost exclusively listens to blues and soul music, this is a sad day. Luckily, the sheer volume of work Dunn put out over his remarkable career will keep living on.

Of course Wikipedia should not be treated as gospel, but head on over here if you’d like to read a little overview about his life and music career. However, my recommendation to you is to go out and tear through some old Booker T. & the M.G.’s tunes or download some of the Stax collection on which Dunn can be heard. He was one of the greats.

Donald “Duck” Dunn, 1941-2012

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