Donald “Duck” Dunn
It is with great sadness to write about the passing of a truly great bass player and musician, Donald “Duck” Dunn. Duck was, and still is, one of the seminal figures of blues and soul bass playing, he played on so many amazing records that I guarantee you’ve heard him play a hundred times and never known it. Aside from the host of records with Booker T and the MGs, Duck also recorded albums with Otis Reading (check out ‘Live in Europe’), Muddy Waters, Albert King and Elvis Presley to name just a few.
My first experience of Duck was being shown ‘The Blues Brothers’ film as a child and I still equate it as one of the reasons I became a musician, hearing tunes like ‘Hold on, I’m A Comin” and ‘Can’t Turn You Loose’ for the first time and just being compelled to listen to more of this music was magic. If you haven’t seen the film please go and watch it.
My deepest condolences go out to Duck’s family and all the musicians who have known and played with him over the years.
Here’s Duck in The Blues Brothers, I defy anyone to look and sound that cool with an afro and Ray Bans whilst smoking a pipe!
“We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.”