Legendary soul bass pioneer Donald “Duck” Dunn has died while on tour in Japan. He was 70.
The Grammy-winning Booker T. and the M.G.’s member is reported to have died in his sleep in a hotel room in Tokyo on Sunday after performing two shows at Blue Note Tokyo.
Dunn was a house bass player for the Stax label, performing on hits such as Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour” and Otis Redding’s “Respect.” He later appeared in the film The Blues Brothers as himself.
Dunn’s M.G.’s bandmate Steve Cropper posted on Facebook, “Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live.”
Booker T. Jones wrote, “God is calling names in the music world. He gave us these treasures and now he is taking them back. I can’t imagine not being able to hear Duck laugh and curse, but I’m thankful I got to spend time and make music with him. His intensity was incomparable. Everyone loved him. None more than Otis Redding. Thank you all for your prayers and condolences, and just know that Duck is somewhere smiling down on all of us saying, ‘Got Damn!!!’”