Very proud to share a tribute I did for the current issue of BLURT Magazine on Donald “Duck” Dunn, the legendary bass player for Booker T. & the MGs and Stax Records who passed away earlier this year.
This piece was a lot of fun to work on. I originally sent out around 10 or so emails to various musicians, managers, publicists and friends to see who I might be able to drum up to speak with about Duck. I wanted to get a mix of Duck’s peers – his colleagues at Stax and other musicians of his era – as well as some younger musicians who were influenced by Duck’s playing and the music he made.
The response I got was staggering. Nearly everyone I reached out to responded and, in some cases, folks were so eager to help that they put me in touch with other friends of Duck they thought I should speak with for the story. David Hood led me to Wayne Jackson. Jeff Dunn connected me with Brian Johnson. And then on the day I was due to hand in the article, the phone rang with a call from a number and area code I did not recognize.
“Hello?” I said, picking the receiver off the cradle of my office phone.
“Hello, Andy, this is Dan Akyroyd calling about the tribute article you’re writing about Duck Dunn. Fine, fine man, Duck was. Is this a good time to chat?”
I still have no idea how Dan Akyroyd got my number, but the memories and thoughts he shared about Duck’s time in the Blues Brothers band are some of my favorites in the piece.
You can download a PDF of the story here, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to swing by your local newsstand and pick up a copy of BLURT.