Sunday, May 13, 2012
TIME IS TIGHT--SO LONG, DUCK
Rest in peace, Donald "Duck" Dunn. Rock solid bass player and part of the amazing instrumental group Booker T and the MGs, as well as the house band for so many Stax/Volt classics, Duck will be missed by music fans. Longtime friend, guitar player and fellow MG Steve Cropper, posted this on his Facebook: "Today I lost my best friend, the World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live. Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing 2 shows at the Blue Note Night Club." The MGs were a shit-hot instrumental R&B band that layed down some irresistible grooves back in the day, and they were unique in every way--not the least of which was being a mixed race band from the Deep South. Booker T. Jones played keyboards, Steve Cropper played guitar, Duck Dunn played bass, and Al Jackson Jr. played drums. They played their own infectious hits (such as "Time is Tight," and "Green Onions," shown here) as well as backing up all the classic Stax/Volt acts such as Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave, Bill Withers and Carla Thomas.