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miffedmax
May 15th, 2012, 03:08 PM
News is a day late, but I came across this nice piece on the late Mr. Dunn (who died Sunday) in the Atlantic.

Nice to see a bassist get a little credit, especially this one.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/05/donald-duck-dunns-quiet-sweeping-influence/257177/?google_editors_picks=true

Frode
May 17th, 2012, 05:31 PM
R.I.P.:sad:

Steff_forever
May 17th, 2012, 05:44 PM
RIP
another great musician of the rougher days dead :sad:

I remember him playing bass for Neil and Muddy Waters and E.C.

darrinbaker00
May 17th, 2012, 05:57 PM
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kiwifan
May 17th, 2012, 10:45 PM
When the Blues Brothers first came out and all the musician got their own little solo during the credit...

...that was the first time I'd heard of Donald "Duck" Dunn...

...I found out later, I'd been hearing Mr. Dunn all my life on some of the (this was the expression at the time) "Blackest" Music being made in America...that Sweet Soul Music on Stax.

I only knew who he was because of a Comedy but he was no joke. :cool:

:music:

HippityHop
May 18th, 2012, 03:38 PM
When the Blues Brothers first came out and all the musician got their own little solo during the credit...

...that was the first time I'd heard of Donald "Duck" Dunn...

...I found out later, I'd been hearing Mr. Dunn all my life on some of the (this was the expression at the time) "Blackest" Music being made in America...that Sweet Soul Music on Stax.

I only knew who he was because of a Comedy but he was no joke. :cool:

:music:

True. It's ironic that the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section who were all southern white guys laid down the tracks for singers such as Wilson Pickett and Percy Sledge. And of course there is that perfect opening to Aretha's first million seller I Never Loved a Man the Way that I Love You


I had folks who were ready to fight when I told them that the only Black musician in the studio on that session was Aretha.

It really says more about music than anything else though.

Super Dave
May 18th, 2012, 05:41 PM
RIP :sad:

*JR*
May 18th, 2012, 06:15 PM
True. It's ironic that the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section who were all southern white guys laid down the tracks for singers such as Wilson Pickett and Percy Sledge. And of course there is that perfect opening to Aretha's first million seller I Never Loved a Man the Way that I Love You


I had folks who were ready to fight when I told them that the only Black musician in the studio on that session was Aretha.

It really says more about music than anything else though.

Muscle Shoals had an influence on music far greater than its size, and in fact is mentioned by name in Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama. (Their founder Ronnie Van Zandt and his ostensible antagonist Neil Young were actually pretty good friends, and after Ronnie died in a plane crash, Neil was an honorary pallbearer @ his funeral).

(Memphis based) Stax Records was a place responsible for a lot of what went into the Motown hits Berry Gordy Jr. had his acts crank out in Detroit. (The MG in Booker T and the MG's merely standing for Memphis Group). Donald has a famous line in the movie The Blue Brothers, "We had a band here hot enough to turn goat piss into gasoline". IMO, his best bass riff was on the "Wicked" Wilson Pickett's classic Midnight Hour.

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Calvin M.
May 18th, 2012, 07:55 PM
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That's the tune that came to mind when I heard about Duck. RIP.

angelabarnes38
May 21st, 2012, 12:07 PM
This is really very sad.

Lord Choc Ice
May 23rd, 2012, 11:59 AM
Donald played on this :sobbing:. This is one of my favourite re-records of all time and it has to be one of the best. An already great song become 100x better and he was part of it.

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RIP Donald :hug:.