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Donald Dunn Bio

Donald “Duck” Dunn was an American bass guitarist, session musician, record producer, and songwriter. He was well known for his recordings with Booker T.and the M.G.’s and as a session bassist for Stax Records. While working for Stax, Donald played on thousands of records including hits by William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Elvis  Presley, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, and many more others.

In the year 1992, he was introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Booker T.and the M.G.’S. He is ranked number 40 out of 100 greatest bass players of all time. 

Donald Dunn Age

Donald Dunn was born on November 12, 1941, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Donald Dunn Wife

Donald Dunn married June Dunn

Donald Dunn Children

Donald Dunn and his wife had a son called Jeff Dunn.

Donald Dunn Education

He went to Messick high school where Dunn and his friends formed a band. This is where his relationship with a bass guitar developed.

Donald Dunn Career.

He started his career in high school where his friends and he formed a band and he played the bass guitar.

The high school band evolved into the Royal Spades, a group of white kids trying to emulate their rhythm & blues heroes such as Ray Charles and BB King.  One band member, Packy Axton, was the son and nephew of the owners of Stax Records, Estelle Axton and her brother Jim Stewart, for whom the group recorded as the Mar-Keys, scoring a big hit in 1961 with Last Night.

Cropper was soon hired by Stewart as a session musician and a founder member of Booker T & the MGs. After that group’s first hit, Green Onions, the bass player Lewis Steinberg was replaced by Dunn, at Cropper’s insistence. Between 1964 and 1969 Dunn was the first-choice bassist not only for the MGs but for most of the recordings made at the Stax studios on McLemore Avenue.

Dunn can be heard on Redding’s I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (1965) and (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (1967), Eddie Floyd’s Knock on Wood (1966), Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign (1967) and In the Midnight Hour (1965) by Pickett.

Booker T & the MGs took part in the Stax tour of Europe in 1967 and backed Redding at the Monterey pop festival and in 1969 the group missed the chance to play at the Woodstock festival because Jackson refused to travel to the site by helicopter. While in Britain, Dunn was impressed by the fact that the police were unarmed, something that made him a fervent advocate of gun control after Jackson was shot and killed in 1975.

By the early 1970s, Stax was in corporate and financial turmoil and Dunn increasingly took on freelance session work, accompanying a wide variety of singers from Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Rod Stewart. There were occasional reunions of Booker T & the MGs, but his career took an unexpected turn with the global success of the Blues Brothers film. Dunn also appeared in the 1998 sequel, Blue Brothers 2000.

In 2007, Dunn and the other members of Booker T & the MGs were given a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles. His fame as a bass player led to the creation of signature instruments by the Fender and Lakland companies.

Donald Dunn Nationality

He was of American  Nationality.

Donald Dunn Net Worth

Donald Dunn net worth before his death was $ 1.7 million.

Donald Dunn Death

He died on May 13, 2012(aged 70) in Tokyo, Japan.

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