Dunn will be best remembered for the work he did with Booker T and the MGs, the session band from Memphis, Dunn has not been active professionally for a number of years, but there was no signs of any serious health problems. His long time musical comrade and friend, Steve Cropper, said Dunn died while sleeping. On Saturday night, Dunn had played two different shows in Tokyo.
Cropper left a message on his personal Facebook page that said, “I lost my best friend today and the world has lost a great guy and the best ever bass player.”
In 1961, Dunn has his first hit with the Mak-keys a Memphis group, who recorded Last Night, a hypnotic instrumental. In 1964, he joined his friend Cropper, Booker T. Jones and Al Jackson and they formed the infamous Booker T and the MGs. The MGs, known for infectious rhythms, backed all of Memphis’ major artists in the last 1960s. They created sound for artists like Redding, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley and Eddie Floyd.
Over time, their fans included famous greats like the Beatles. Dunn played behind such great artists as Muddy Waters, Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Albert King and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The MGs became one of the most integrated harmonious groups in soul music and rock n’ roll, since Jackson and Jones were black and Dunn and Cropper were white. Dunn said color simply was never an issue amongst them.