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Duck Dunn Dead: Peter Frampton, Flea + More React on Twitter

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As we reported earlier, legendary bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn has died at the age of 70. Now rock luminaries are reacting to the news on Twitter.

Dunn, born in Memphis in 1941, picked up the nickname Duck from his father. And while the elder Dunn clearly had a sense of humor, he didn’t want his son to become a musician. “He thought I would become a drug addict and die,” Duck said. “Most parents in those days thought music was a pastime, something you did as a hobby, not a profession.”

Regardless, Duck went on to become a member of Booker T. and the MGs, which served as the house band for Memphis’ iconic Stax Records. Just about every song produced during the studio’s heyday by singers like Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam and Dave, Albert King, Rufus Thomas and many others feature Dunn on bass.

“I would have liked to have been on the road more, but the record company wanted us in the studio. Man, we were recording almost a hit a day for a while there,” Dunn once said.

He also did renowned session work with artists including Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bill Withers, Muddy Waters and Neil Young, to name only a few.

He later joined the Blues Brothers — he called it “the most fun band I’ve ever been in” — and delivered one of the most memorable lines in the group’s 1980 namesake movie: “We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline!”

Dunn was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Booker T. and the MGs in 1992, and in 2007, he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.

Given that resume, it’s no wonder that his passing had an impact on the rock community, with several luminaries posting their thoughts on Twitter.

We’ll update this as other artists react.

Next: See Other Rockers We've Lost in 2012

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