MUSIC NEWS- Leading bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T and the MGs as well as the Blues Brothers band, died in Tokyo on Sunday, he was 70. Dunn was in Tokyo for a series of concerts. The news of his passing was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour who reported Dunn died in his sleep.
Miho Harasawa, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Blue Note, the last venue Dunn performed in, confirmed that "Duck" died alone, and offered no additional details.
Dunn was born in Memphis, TN in 1941 and performed on recordings with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and many others, and specialized in blues, gospel and soul.
At Stax records, he was part of the house band that backed up Otis Redding on ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’ and Sam & Dave on ‘Hold On I’m Coming’. Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn played with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and was also the bass player for Steve Nicks and Tom Petty’s hit, ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’. He's likely best known for his work in he 1980 film The Blues Brothers and his work on the classic Booker T track, Green Onions.
Dunn deservedly received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2007 for his work with Booker T and the MGs.
He leaves behind his wife, June; a son, Jeff; and a grandchild, Michael, said Michael Leahy, Dunn's agent. Funeral arrangements are still pending.
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