We're only five months into 2012, and sadly, we've already lost several icons from the music world.  They've all left us way too soon.  Up in rock and roll heaven are Whitney Houston, Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Davy Jones, the lead singer of The Trammps, Jimmy Ellis, and I can't omit Dick Clark.  There is another important musician who recently left us who may not be that familiar to you.

I know most of you are familiar with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame instrumental group, Booker T. and the MGs.  They had several hit records of their own such as "Green Onions", "Time Is Tight", and Hang 'em High."

Booker T. and the MGs claim to fame is that they were the house band for the Memphis based Stax-Volt record labels.  The very cool thing about this group is that it was racially mixed.  Think about it.  In the 1960's that was unheard of.

Sadly, one of the members of the quartet, bass player, Donald "Duck" Dunn passed away earlier this month.

 

Donald and his buddies were the studio muscians for some of the greatest R and B songs of all time.  Booker T. and the MGs played on recording sessions for Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Bill Withers, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Otis Redding, and many more.

 

The next time you hear "Hold On, I'm Comin'", "Soul Man", "Who's Making Love", and "[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay" plus hundreds of other great songs, it's Donald "Duck" Dunn who's layin' down that baseline.