That time I asked bass legend Donald “Duck” Dunn why they called him Duck

By Steve Newton Here's a fun little 30-second audio snippet that never fails to make me smile. Back in 1985 I did an interview with bass-guitar legend Donald "Duck" Dunn, who at the time was playing in Eric Clapton's touring band. Dunn is famous for playing bass with Booker T. & the M.G.'s and for his session work … Continue reading That time I asked bass legend Donald “Duck” Dunn why they called him Duck

That time Donald “Duck” Dunn told me that Eric Clapton was the best all-around guitarist he ever worked with

By Steve Newton Bass players don't get much more special than Donald "Duck" Dunn. As a session musician for Stax Records, Dunn brought the bottom end on scores of legendary tracks, including gems like Otis Redding's "Respect", Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'", and Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign". He was also the bassist … Continue reading That time Donald “Duck” Dunn told me that Eric Clapton was the best all-around guitarist he ever worked with

My one and only interview with legendary bluesman Albert King

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 30, 1990 By Steve Newton The influence of the blues on British supergroups is well documented. The Stones, Zeppelin, Cream—they all lapped up the seminal works of people like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Howlin’ Wolf. Across the sea in Ireland, a young guitarist named Gary Moore also … Continue reading My one and only interview with legendary bluesman Albert King

Bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn dies in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo

Sad news for fans of blues, soul, and R&B music. Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, whose bottom end fuelled such classic tracks as Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" and Otis Redding's "Respect", passed away in his sleep early this morning after a gig at the Blue Note nightclub in Tokyo. He was 70 years … Continue reading Bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn dies in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo