Music world responds to Duck’ Dunn's passing: Bill Wyman, Flea, Peter Frampton tweet their condolences.

Bill Wyman, Peter Frampton, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Nickleback were among many rockers world wide to offer their condolences after learning about the death of legendary bassist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn.

Bill Wyman, Peter Frampton, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Nickleback were among many rockers world wide to offer their condolences after learning about the death of legendary bassist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn.

We also just spoke by phone with Alligator Records artist Curtis Salgado.
He said one time “Duck” told him, “I never change the strings on my bass, in fact I’ve only changed one string in 15 years and that’s because it broke”.

Think about that for a second: Man, if those strings could talk! Oh wait a minute, they could and they did!

One more word about Salgado. He told us he was in a record store in Seattle yesterday and he found a Booker T. & MG’s album and was just stuck staring at Donald “Duck” Dunn for about three minutes. Of course, Curtis only found out about Ducks passing today, so add the time difference between Seattle and Tokyo and this becomes a very strange coincidence.

Dunn, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941, performed on recordings with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and was the house bassist at the legendary R&B/soul label Stax in the ’60s and ’70s where his thick, expressive bass lines helped define some of the most distinctive and enduring sounds and songs in popular music, including the timeless “Respect,” “Dock Of The Bay,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “In The Midnight Hour,” and “Hold On I’m Coming.” Dunn’s classic Stax bass also became a legitimizing part of The Blues Brothers Band and hit movie. He played himself in the 1980 hit movie, “The Blues Brothers.”

Dunn received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2007 for his work with Booker T. and the MGs.
He was 70.

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1 thought on “Music world responds to Duck’ Dunn's passing: Bill Wyman, Flea, Peter Frampton tweet their condolences.”

  1. Donald “Duck” Dunn,
    Pipe in mouth, steady R&B sound is how Steve Cropper was able to play those crackle/snap leads with Booker T. And all the other groups he played with.

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