Donald "Duck" Dunn Dies

Donald "Duck" Dunn Dies
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bassist for the GRAMMY-winning Booker T. & The MG's, died May 13 while on tour in Tokyo. A cause of death was not disclosed. He was 70. A Memphis native, Dunn began his music career performing with local R&B group the Mar-Keys. He subsequently became a member of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & The MG's, who served as the backing band for artists such as Otis Redding, Sam And Dave and the Staples Singers. The band earned four GRAMMY nominations and won the Best Pop Instrumental Performance GRAMMY for "Cruisin'" in 1994. Following Stax Records' shuttering in the mid-'70s, Dunn continued as a session musician, working with artists such as the Blues Brothers, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and Rod Stewart, among others. In 2007 The Recording Academy recognized the band with a Lifetime Achievement Award. "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," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "His influential musical impact will continue to be felt for generations to come." (5/14)

Rico Love Named SESAC Songwriter Of The Year
GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/producer Rico Love earned the Songwriter of the Year award for penning songs for artists such as Beyoncé, Nelly, Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne, and Usher, among others, at the 16th Annual SESAC Pop Music Awards, held May 13 in New York. Song of the Year honors went to Jacob Luttrell for Enrique Iglesias' "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," and GRAMMY-winning songwriter/producer Bryan-Michael Cox was the recipient of the Inspiration Award for his "artistic, entrepreneurial and philanthropic contributions." (5/14)

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