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Recording Academy Statement re: Donald “Duck” Dunn

GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn was the consummate bass player and he helped define the Southern soul sound. As a member of Booker T. and the MGs, he and his bandmates enjoyed great success with a number of instrumental hits while also helping to put Stax Records on the map as the backing band for artists such as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and the Staples Singers. Dunn later became a much sought after session player recording with Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and the late Levon Helm, among others. The music industry has lost a masterful legacy artist, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of working and playing with him. His influential musical impact will continue to be felt for generations to come.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO