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Advanced Member
Username: smokin_dave

Post Number: 346
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 12:26 am:   Edit Post

See ya' on the other side.R.I.P. Duck Dunn
Advanced Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 374
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 4:40 am:   Edit Post

I'll be spinning my old Blues Brothers LP today in tribute.

Intermediate Member
Username: smokinbear

Post Number: 152
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 6:16 am:   Edit Post

Man this is really starting to get to me, my dog dies this week and now Duck????? How many more??? I'll be listening to all the Stax stuff this week.. ;.-(
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2479
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 6:57 am:   Edit Post

Duck Dunn , was and is still one of my Electric Bass heros .

R.I.P. Sir______
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1844
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 9:21 am:   Edit Post

One of the best now gone...think I will play along to 'Green Onions'
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5150
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 11:19 am:   Edit Post

I just saw this and told my wife. She said "who's Donald 'Duck' Dunn?" I started listing some of his accomplishments, then just said "You've probably heard him playing bass more than anyone else. He's played with everybody!" The bass player on the soundtrack of my youth.

May the Four Winds Blow You Safely Home.

Bill, tgo
Advanced Member
Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 274
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 1:52 pm:   Edit Post

I was never a fan of Fender basses until I heard James Jamerson and Donald "Duck" Dunn. I highly recommend his instruction book, "What Duck Done", for a great understanding of the Stax etc. approach to rhythm. The Blues Brothers movie becomes even more enjoyable for the opportunity to hear him and Steve Cropper, the Dynamic duo of Rock play and record together.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10690
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

Green Onions, Booker T & and the MG's.
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1215
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 7:22 pm:   Edit Post

I learned something new today; while that's obviously Duck on the video Dave posted, the original version of "Green Onions" (as well as the rest of the 1st & 2nd M.G.s albums) had Lewie Steinberg on bass - Mr. Dunn replaced him in '64. I'd always thought that was him on G.O. Well, he did enough else(as Bill points out, "...heard him more than anyone else"). A monumental loss.

Advanced Member
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 281
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 12:13 am:   Edit Post

Aw man, that many greats are dropping like flies right now, I hate to think who's next...
Advanced Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 394
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 12:50 am:   Edit Post

Rest In Peace
Senior Member
Username: dnburgess

Post Number: 680
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:01 am:   Edit Post

He died in his sleep. Aged 70. After playing a night of shows at the Tokyo Blue Note. What a great way to go!!
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 3176
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 4:16 am:   Edit Post

One of my heroes. We played 'Everybody needs somebody' at last night's gig as an impromptue tribute. I doubt if any of the audience understood my dedication though.

Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1846
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 7:18 am:   Edit Post

jacko..unsung heroes comes to mind.
Although all these names are like the alphabet to us, to non bass players ie the joe public, it means nothing to them
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 818
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:58 am:   Edit Post

Yikes - just heard about this . . . :-(

Glad to hear he passed after a show and in his sleep.
Another legend -
I am going to load up my pipe, clamp it in my jaw and jam some Blues Brothers! Give one up for the triple D!
Intermediate Member
Username: alemberic

Post Number: 110
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post

God bless Duck Dunn, one of the early bass icons, who still "brought it" right until the end. RIP

Senior Member
Username: pace

Post Number: 849
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post

Sad news indeed......

I found out at a gig on Sunday. Strangely enough it was a venue that Matt Murphy use to play all the time.... Once we got going, I was laughing to myself as to how many "Blues Brothers" tunes are in our sets..... No rawhide though......

RIP Duck
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1865
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:42 pm:   Edit Post

Being my age, and being raised in East Texas, I'm just old enough to remember separate water fountains, schools, the 'back of the bus' days.

At a very early age, I just knew that segregation was wrong. When the waves of black music washed over me, from Motown to Duck's Stax/Volt era, Muscle Shoals, etc., it was even more obvious to me that I couldn't like the music but hate the players and creators.

I once heard an interview where Smokey Robinson said that he thought 'all those white kids at Motown tour shows, buying the records, listening to us on the radio' did more to end segregation than anything else, and I'd certainly agree with him.

I was/am a huge BT/MG's fan, and when, back then, I learned it was two white guys and two black guys, I was just amazed. Soul music had a huge effect on me, and the Duck Dunns and David Hoods are a big part of who I am as a player.

Duck and Steve and Booker all tell road stories of them being on the road and having to stay in either separate hotels, or Duck and Steve would stay with them at the 'colored-only' hotels. Same problem getting into diners, using the can at the gas station, you name it. Of course, they were traveling with Sam + Dave, or Rufus Thomas, or Otis, so maybe that helped . . .

Was a hoot to see them in the BB movies, and was glad a lot of people who aren't 'record jacket readers' like me finally got to see WHO played on those records, and hopefully they got paid better than 'double scale' !

So I don't miss that world, but gee do I miss that music, and I'll sure miss Duck Dunn.

J o e y

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