Legendary Booker T. and the M.G.’s bassist, Donald “Duck” Dunn, died early this morning while on tour in Tokyo. Dunn was 70. The death was confirmed by Steve Cropper, who played guitar for Booker T. and the M.G.’s.
“Today I lost my best friend, the World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live,” Cropper said on his Facebook page. “Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing 2 shows at the Blue Note Night Club.”
Booker T. and the M.G.’s were Stax Records’ in-house band, which played on hundreds of albums for artists that included Otis Redding, Bill Withers and Wilson Pickett. Dunn joined the group in 1965, replacing Lewie Steinberg, and played with the group ever since. Cropper and Dunn also appeared in The Blues Brothers films as themselves alongside Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the Grammys’ lifetime achievement award in 2007.