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Thanks for checking the blog out... Hope it offers something a bit different every now & again. Though I come from a pseudo - Mod background (Soul & Ska in particular), I have a diverse taste in music & hope my varied posts will reflect this.

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Manchester M22, September 2016

For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the ex Mrs!

Special thanks to Steve White (software), Gordon Waring (music), Shaun Robinson (artwork), Paul Buddery (DVD's / software) & Sonchey Barrett (essential technical advice!).

"Thank you" also to regular contributors Herr Pauli (Malente, Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia).

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Obituary : Donald "Duck" Dunn

Donald "Duck" Dunn, November 24th 1941 - May 13th 2012.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941, Dunn began playing bass in the late 1950s having decided that the guitar was too difficult : "I tried the guitar but it had two strings too many" he was quoted. "It was too complicated man !!"

An early player of the Fender bass range (typically a Precision though occasionally a Jazz), Dunn joined Stax records in 1964 with colleagues Booker T Jones,the late Al Jackson Jr and; Steve Cropper forming Booker T and The MG's (Memphis Group). In later years he endorsed the Lakland bass range (pic below), with his own signature model.

Here they became the world's premier backing group, recording and playing live shows with  US soul legends, including Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam + Dave, Carla Thomas
and Eddie Floyd.

His deceptively simple bass lines (just you try playing them !!) underpinned hit after hit record and he became a major influence on generations of aspirant bass players, myself included.

He was later known for his appearances in the Blues Brothers bands and films, where he spoke a line that summed up his work with the MG's :

"We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline".


  1. sad to hear that. it was listening and playing along to his lines, what got me really to learn to play the 4 strings after dubbing guitar chords in punk bands. and later there came jamerson...

  2. so sad to hear about his passing,he will now join otis al jackson,to reform the great backing for otiss great voice,he will not be forgotten,as he has a left a great legacy of music,which stiil sounds fresh today.
    rip duck.

  3. R.I.P. DUCK
    really sad !!a great musician. sleep tight donald "duck" dunn

  4. Great clip showing that its all about feel and attitude rather than note for note perfection