Donald Duck Dunn, bass guitarist
The Mar-keys ~ Booker T & the MG's

Donald Duck Dunn

November 24, 1941, Memphis, TN ~ May 13, 2012, Tokyo, Japan

As the bassist for Booker T. & the MG's, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn became, like James Jamerson at Motown, the man who provided a groove for an entire generation to dance to. In Dunn's case it was the legendary Memphis record label Stax/Volt, where he laid down basslines for soul stars such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Albert King, helping to create one of the largest bodies of soul and R&B music that exists. […] Throughout the industry and among musicians and fans, the Stax sound gained a reputation for its heavy “bottom,” and Dunn's deep, moving basslines were an integral part of that sonic makeup. ~ Allmusic: Donald Duck Dunn ~ retrieved July 12, 2013 © Allmusic

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November 24, 1973 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (7) Carpenters, Top Of The World ~ #2 (1) Eddie Kendricks, Keep On Truckin' (Part 1) ~ #1 (4) Ringo Starr, Photograph


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Otis Redding ~ Otis Blue (1965) ~ Ranked #78 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Otis Redding's third album includes covers of three songs by Sam Cooke, Redding's idol, who had died the previous December. Their styles were different: Cooke, smooth and sure; Redding, raw and pleading. But Redding's versions of Shake and A Change Is Gonna Come show how Cooke's sound and message helped shape Redding's Southern soul. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

The Mar-keys

Despite scoring only one national hit, the 1961 instrumental smash Last Night, the Mar-Keys remain one of the most important groups ever to emerge from the Memphis music scene. As the first house band for the legendary Stax label, they appeared on some of the greatest records in soul history, with their ranks also producing such renowned musicians as guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald Duck Dunn. ~ Allmusic: the Mar-keys ~ retrieved July 10, 2013 © Allmusic

Booker T & the MG's

It started in the recording studio of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee on a sweltering summer afternoon in 1962. A group of studio musicians were assembled waiting for white rocker Billy Lee Riley to show. He had a recording session. Some say that he was too drunk to show up. In any case, he never arrived. So the musicians in the studio began jamming with a blues progression. Amazed by what they were playing, Stax owner and recording engineer, Jim Stewart, quickly switched on the recording machines. The resulting songs were Behave Yourself and its flip side Green Onions. When released, the song Green Onions became a smash radio hit and a tune adopted by both white and black Americans. It hit number one on Billboard's Rhythm & Blues charts and number three on the pop charts. Knowing a great gift horse when he saw one, Jim Stewart began recording more of Booker T. and his M.G.&'s. ~ Musicianguide: Booker T. & the MG's ~ retrieved October 17, 2013 © Musicianguide

Booker T & the MG's ~ Inducted in the 2008 Musicians Hall Of Fame.

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