DONALD ‘DUCK’ DUNN - R.I.P. 1941-2012

May 14, 2012 – 7:36 am

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San Francisco 1991 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Slims, San Francisco, CA; April 20, 1991. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Bass guitarist Donald “Duck” Dunn, of Booker T and the MGs, died in Tokyo on May 13, 2012. He was 70. A BBC report said that was Dunn was in Japan for a series of concerts, and had played two shows on Saturday night. His friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour, said Dunn had died in his sleep. “Today I lost my best friend,” Cropper wrote on his Facebook page. “The world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live”. The MGs were the house band for Stax Records, and Dunn can be heard on songs such as Otis Redding’s Respect and Sam and Dave’s Hold On, I’m Comin’.

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Track 01. Intro (159k)
Track 02. Green Onions (7.7MB)
Track 03. Melting Pot (16.0MB)
Track 04. Band Introductions (1.7MB)
Track 05. Sarasota Sunset Untitled (8.6MB)
Track 06. Soul Limbo (8.4MB)
Track 07. Summertime (8.7MB)
Track 08. Hip-Hug-Her (4.5MB)
Track 09. Groovin’ (6.2MB)
Track 10. Cruisin’ The New Song (5.8MB)
Track 11. Born Under A Bad Sign (cut off) (6.2MB)
Track 12. Hang ‘Em High (8.8MB)
Track 13. Time Is Tight (16.7MB)
Track 14. crowd - encore break (633k)
Track 15. Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay (7.8MB)
Track 16. Double Or Nothin’ (5.5MB)
Track 17. crowd (457k)

Booker T Jones - organ
Steve Cropper - guitar
Donald “Duck” Dunn - bass
Anton Figg - drums

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  1. 17 Responses to “DONALD ‘DUCK’ DUNN - R.I.P. 1941-2012”

  2. I heard Cropper and Dunn together when they were on tour in Oz a few years ago. Still playing up a storm, making for an enjoyable evening. So “Duck” joins the long list of performers who’ve died on the road - probably the way most would prefer to go.
    Thanks for the trax.

    By Tony on May 14, 2012

  3. Thanks. A great loss. Never heard the MGs but I heard him with Neil Young in 93(?) and on a later CSNY tour. Not the style you’d associate him with, but he laid down a rock solid groove in whatever he played

    By Bill from Pgh on May 14, 2012

  4. Hey Bill from Pgh! That 93 tour with Neil Young that you saw was WITH Booker T and the MG’s! That was Neil’s backup band!

    I, too, saw that tour in 93 at Lakewood, here in Atlanta. Blind Melon warmed up for them. It was also the first time in close to 20 years that NEIL played SOUTHERN MAN here in this town! He had received death threats back in the 70’s!

    By THE Russian Assassin on May 14, 2012

  5. this is nice, would be even nicer to have a show with the real M G `s drummer, the human metronome himself ,Al Jackson .
    Duck Dunn also played in a band with Levon Helm [who we just recently lost as well] the RCO Allstars . They had a fantastic studio lp, featuring the likes of Levon, Duck, Steve Cropper, Booker T, Dr.John , Paul Butterfield and more. I basically learned how to play guitar woodshedding along with the MG`s “Soul Dressing”lp many many years ago.
    R.I.P. Duck.

    By sluggo on May 14, 2012

  6. So sad to hear of Duck Dunn’s passing. Truly on of rock’s greatest bass players. In addition to tthe MG’s (suprisingly, he was not the original bass player) he’s played/recorded with Neil Young, Eric Clapton, bluesman Eddie Kirkland, Bob Dylan, and countless R&B artists from Otis Redding to Sam & Dave. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Also, in this terrific set from 1991, track 5 is titled “Sarasota Sunset” and track 10 is “Cruisin’”. Both songs are off of the MG’s 1994 cd That’s The Way It Should Be. R.I.P Duck.

    By Mike Cummings on May 14, 2012

  7. So Fortunate to have seen him play with Eric Clapton on Eric’s “Money and Cigarettes” Tour at Red Rocks. Quite the show.

    By Popa C on May 14, 2012

  8. Anyone who missed out on early stax shows or just curious to see what the “fuss” is about I urge you to track down and buy a copy of the dvd,
    Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967 (2007).
    You will not be disappointed !

    By sluggo on May 14, 2012

  9. Hello Mike

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on May 15, 2012

  10. I saw Neil Young w/ Booker T and the MG’s at 93.. It was one of the Best Shows I had ever seen…. I saw him at Chastain years later… It was not as good when Booker T backed him up….. RIP Donald Duck Dunn….

    By RichardL on May 16, 2012

  11. Duck was great, but I didn’t realize that he didn’t play on all the early MGs and other Stax hits. It was Lewis Steinberg.

    By George Martini on May 17, 2012

  12. Steinberg was the bass player on the MG`s first lp “Green Onions” Both
    Steinberg and Dunn have credits on the second offering , Soul Dressing.
    Duck was a mainstay at the time with the Mar-Kays,[huge hit Last Night”].
    There is an excellent dvd available showing the Stax Soul Revue in Europe , featuring Booker T and M.G`s as the house band with the Markays horns,backing Otis,Arthur Conley, Sam and Dave .
    Always paired with fender amps its funny to see Cropper and Dunn using marshalls and still getting their signature sound.

    By sluggo on May 17, 2012

  13. Blues Brothers…. anyone see the original BLUES BROTHERS when they toured the USSA in the Summer of 1980 with that awesome band (Dunn, Cropper, Murphy, etc)?

    By THE Russian Assassin on May 18, 2012

  14. Ass assin, have you ever been to another country? Believe me, they suck compared to the USA with all its faults. You get locked up for speaking your opinion. And no, I didn’t see that tour with Belushi and Dunn, Cropper, Murphy, etc.

    By George Martini on May 19, 2012


    By sluggo on May 23, 2012

  16. otis redding was born today in 1941. Steve Cropper recalls the first time he heard Otis sing: “He started singing “These Arms of Mine.” And, man, my hair stood on end.”

    By barth on Sep 10, 2013

  17. what an incredible talent barth. Otis, and the memphis sidemen made music that lasts and lasts.
    The MG`s were/are one of the tightest tastiest bunch of musicians ever.
    I learned more about guitar playing from listening to Steve cropper than just about anyone else..especially when not to play.

    By sluggo on Sep 10, 2013

  18. Thanks for this set still being available; sure wish there were more live Otis around. And that Stax/Volt Revue in Norway DVD is the bomb—if you love Stax/Volt you’d be a fool not to own it. Dunn is definitely shown to his advantage in the show!

    By fr in sc on Jul 10, 2016

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