Photo courtesy of Memphis Funeral Home

Donald "Duck" Dunn

Nov 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012

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Godspeed Donald, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Thanks for all of the great music. This music is timeless transcending all generations! You willl always be young!

I grew up in Memphis and have fond memories of Duck coming to our lake place at Sardis to fish with my dad.

Duck was about 16 years older than me. I knew he was a legend in memphis... But I had no idea at the time that he would become a legend known the world over.

Duck's dad (Jim) spent many weekends with us fishing and hanging out. You never knew what other famous musicians Might Show up with Duck to go fishing.

Duck bought his sister Pat a white two door...

As the song goes, If there's a rock and roll Heaven, then you know they've got a hell of a band. Now they gain one hell of a bass.

Being from Memphis, and growing up in the same era, I had the pleasure to hear BT and the MGs play, and also Duck with Steve as the Mar Keys....He turned out to be a great bassist and I have followed somewhat over the years. Very sorry to hear of his passing and my prayers go to his family and friends.

I really enjoyed his music. It seems that as time goes by, God picks the flowers from His garden. He picked one of the best!

As I watch the Stax 50th Anniversary and seeing you play along with the MG's that red Fender Jazz bass I am reminded that you are gone. That sweet, unique bottom that you produced for years is silenced forever but, your legacy lives
on. From a musician that can appreciate
what you did for the art. LJ

In 1962 or '63 (I was thirteen at the time)I was already blown away by music from people like Bessie Smith, Little Walter and so on (there's just so many to list). I had a friend who's father had a huge appreciation and a huge collection of what was referred to as race music in those days. I knew who Cropper and Dunn were at a very early age. For a white kid in the suburbs of Minneapolis that was considered very odd and by some as wrong (go figure).
Around my house it was all about...


Donald's Obituaries

Donald "Duck" Dunn, celebrated, legendary Stax bass player, died in Tokyo, Japan on May 13, 2012 at the age of 70. He was born to Nana Belle and James Dunn on November 24, 1941 in Memphis, TN. He lived in Memphis and was a graduate of Messick High School. He married June Chaillet in...

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