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In memory of Donald “Duck” Dunn, who passed away over the weekend.


1 NoamSane   ~  May 14, 2012 8:09 am

He will be greatly missed.

btw, for lovers of Southern Rock 'n' Soul, do yourself a favor and check out the Alabama Shakes. Their bassist is clearly a Duck Dunn aficionado (among many enjoyable features they have).

2 Boatzilla   ~  May 14, 2012 9:16 am

Sheeat, man. I dint realize this guy was just over at the Blue Note the night before he died. That's a hop, skip and a jump from my office...and Jazz's, too.

Did you know he was in town, Jazz?

It's a small ass world

3 Matt Blankman   ~  May 14, 2012 9:31 am

I wrote this on a friend's facebook page, in re: Mr. Dunn:
"I always thought it was cool that the core of the great 60s Stax sound was from 2 black guys and 2 white guys, playing together like one incredible organism. Memphis in the 60s and the best sounds were coming from a fully integrated quartet. It was like they were pointing the way to better things. Also, they were shit-hot."

Duck knew what to play and when to play it.

4 Alex Belth   ~  May 14, 2012 9:43 am

For more on Dunn, read this: http://amzn.to/bQzP9P

5 Matt Blankman   ~  May 14, 2012 10:08 am

Yeah, I need to read that Guralnick book sometime. The first volume of his 2 part Elvis Presley bio was one of the best biographies I have ever read.

I'd forgotten until yesterday that Duck didn't play on the studio version of Green Onions.

6 Alex Belth   ~  May 14, 2012 11:51 am

I've read several of his books. They are all good, this one is my favorite.

7 Matt Blankman   ~  May 14, 2012 1:31 pm

[6] The second volume of his Elvis bio (Carless Love) wasn't as good as the first, mainly because I think Guralnick just couldn't click with later Elvis. But that first book was just riveting and revealing.

8 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  May 14, 2012 7:54 pm

[2] Yep. Sunday night radio show I lalways listen to had promoted the gigs. Real sad..someone at the Friday gig had mailed in to the Dj that "Steve was genki but Duck was looking real oji-san.." His time was up. :(

9 Matt Blankman   ~  May 14, 2012 9:05 pm

[7] Ha! That's "CARELESS Love," not "Carless." Besides, Elvis was rarely car-less, but often careless.

As I keep saying, Duck's back with Al Jackson, Jr, giving the hereafter a seriously bad-ass rhythm section.

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