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Sunday 13 May 2012

Real Gone Duck

Very saddened to hear of the death overnight of the legendary Donald 'Duck' Dunn of Booker T. & The MGs. His friend and colleague Steve Cropper has described him as the best bass player ever to live, and I am not going to argue with him. Here they are in action together.

"Hang 'Em High" - Booker T. & The MGs

"Slum Baby" - Booker T. & The MGs

Both of those are on the fantastic 9-CD boxed set "The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1968-1971". It has over 200 tracks and there is barely a duff one amongst them. Here are a few more featuring some of the less well-remembered acts on the roster. I don't know whether Duck actually played on any of them, but there is a fair chance he did and they are all worth a listen either way.

"Love Changes" - Charlene & The Soul Serenaders

"Mighty Cold Winter" - Dino & Doc

"Electrified Love" - Ernie Hines

"Don't Mess With My Money, My Honey, Or My Woman" - L.V. Johnson

As you may have worked out, Duck got his nickname from Donald Duck. Donald has inspired other musicians as well, of course (if inspired is the right word in this case).

1 comment:

  1. He was in both Blues Brothers movies too. A great talent.