Donald “Duck” Dunn was a member of Booker T & the MGs. Perhaps best known for his role in the creation of the gritty Stax sound, Dunn’s career was much more than that. As a session bass player, he worked with Otis Redding, Stevie Nicks, Rod Steward, Tom Petty, Levon Helm, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan as well as The Blues Brothers.
Dunn was born in Memphis, TN in 1941. In high school, he teamed up with Steve Cropper. They joined forces with Al Jackson and Booker T. Jones to form one of the first racially integrated soul groups. Booker T and the MGs became the Stax house band.
After a successful run of hits in the 60’s the group drifted apart in the 70’s. Cropper and Dunn reunited for the 1980 movie “The Blues Brothers”.
Booker T and the MGs were inducted into The Musicians Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dunn died in his sleep in Tokyo, Japan just hours after playing on stage.