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Nadia Elkharadly: Often unsung hero – the Bass Player

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2012 by segarini

Last week the musical world mourned the loss of a legend.  Donald “Duck” Dunn, often heard, sometimes seen, passed away on May 13th in Tokyo.  He was 70 years old.  And he was an amazing bass player.

“I tried the guitar but it had two strings too many. It was just too complicated, man!”  I heard this quote on the radio when they announced Dunn’s passing, and they just really stuck with me.  Guitar players were everywhere, and there was no shortage of talent, according to Dunn.  “I grew up with Steve Cropper. There were so many good guitar players, another one wasn’t needed. What was needed was a bass.”

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