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Donald 'Duck' Dunn, a Blues Brother and bass legend, dies at 70

donalddunn.gifDonald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist best know to the '80s generation as a member of the The Blues Brothers, died Sunday at age 70. On tour in Tokyo, the respected musician died in his sleep, according to the Associated Press.

"Today I lost my best friend, the World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live," friend and fellow Blues Brothers musician Steve Cropper wrote on Twitter. Cropper was on tour with Dunn at the time of his death.

In the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, Dunn gave us one of the more memorable lines: "We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline."

Even '80s fans should know that Dunn's reputation soared far past his work on film and stage with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Dunn is credited with helping to create the Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s and contributed to classics such as In the Midnight Hour, Hold On I'm Coming and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.

Dunn received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2007.

"Duck Dunn was the backbone of the Stax/Volt era," Aykroyd said in a statement. "He was and will remain universally loved by all that knew him. His talent, knowledge and warmth, and especially his humor will be greatly missed."

[Last modified: Monday, May 14, 2012 8:59am]


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