R&B, Blues, Soul & Stax

Donald "Duck" Dunn


Just days ago, the music world lost an incredible talent. Donald "Duck" Dunn, bassist for the legendary MGs and staple of early Stax recordings, passed away last week. Look for a remembrance from writer Chris Slawecki coming soon. In the meantime, The Atlantic has a retrospective of the man who created the bass lines for some of the most iconic songs in music history.

From The Atlantic piece: Even if you've never heard of Dunn, you've heard a lot of his playing. That's him easing into Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." Those are his monster arpeggios chugging along under Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Hour." It's his syncopation at the bottom of Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'." And that's him in The Blues Brothers, too.