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Bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn honored by fans, musicians on Memphis' Beale Street; he died at 70
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) ' The late bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn has been honored in the city where he performed on some of R&B's best-known hits.
Musicians playing trumpets, saxophones and drums led a lively funeral march down Memphis' Beale Street on Wednesday.
More than 100 fans walked and danced during the New Orleans-style march to remember Dunn, a famed session musician who died May 13 at age 70 while on tour in Japan.
Dunn's bass guitar helped create the gritty Memphis sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the group Booker T. and the MGs. He can be heard on such classics as "In the Midnight Hour," ''Hold On, I'm Comin'" and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." He also appeared in both "Blues Brothers" films.
Jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum said Dunn was about "respect and humility," adding, "You respect black music's heritage and we love you for it."