Sunday, May 13, 2012

Donald 'Duck' Dunn of Booker T. and the MGs Dead at 70

Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, has died in Tokyo. He was 70.

Dunn, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, performed on recordings with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and many others, and specialized in blues, gospel and soul. He played himself in the 1980 hit movie "The Blues Brothers."

He received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2007 for his work in the MGs, whose instrumental hits include "Green Onions," "Soul Limbo" and "Time Is Tight." The band's biggest contribution to popular music, however, was their role as the house band for Stax Records, performing on hundreds of recordings by the label's artists, including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor.

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