Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Donald "Duck" Dunn

I need to note the passing of "Duck" Dunn. Wish we'd catch a break from all these rock obituaries.

Duck was, of course, the bassist for Booker T & the MG's, one of the greatest rock bands, for me also an ideal of a band as  collective creative enterprise. Most of their highly entertaining original instrumentals are credited to Jones, Cropper, Dunn & Jackson. No member of the band took credit for another's contributions.  They  are deservedly renowned as the primary house band at Stax in the Sixties. Duck Dunn enjoyed live performing & touring & regretted that session work largely kept the band off the road & at its peak confined to the studio.  It paid the bills. Live recordings of Booker T & the MG's reveal that they were a superb performing group, at once tight yet oh so loose. Duck achieved his greatest fame playing with The Blues Brothers. Virtually a peerless stylist, as were all the MG's, his  musical services were in always in demand.

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