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SOUL FINGERS The Music & Life of Legendary Bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn

Hal Leonard

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Foreword by Dan Aykroyd (a.k.a. Elwood Blues)

As the legendary bassist for the famous Stax-Volt studios in Memphis, and as one of the most influential bass players in the history of American music, Donald “Duck” Dunn (1941-2012) laid down the booty-shaking foundations to countless soul, R&B, blues, and rock recordings throughout the 1960s and '70s, providing the essential grooves for generations of listeners. Duck worked with some of the biggest artists, musicians, and songwriters of the day, including Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and many more. And later, as a member of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's riotous Blues Brothers, Duck helped revitalize these genres via his epic bass lines and role in the hit movie. But his unparalleled 50-year career was just getting started. He went on to record and perform with the likes of Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, CSNY, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, and many more, until his passing in 2012.

Now, in this exclusive, one-of-a-kind book, Duck's life and music are presented in full detail, with rare photos, stories, over an hour of audio demonstrations and play-alongs, gear info, and authentic, note-for-note transcriptions of nearly 60 iconic bass lines. Written by bassist and researcher Nick Rosaci, with help from Duck's family, friends, and music compatriots, this book presents a piece of history that documents not only the triumphs and tragedies of Duck's amazing life, but also uncovers the magic behind the “soul fingers” that plucked a thousand timeless grooves.


  • Ain't Going Down
  • Ain't No Sunshine
  • B-A-B-Y
  • Boom Boom
  • Born To Be A Loser
  • Born Under A Bad Sign
  • But It's Alright
  • Crosscut Saw
  • Funky Broadway
  • Gimme Some Lovin'
  • Girl Of Mine
  • Grab This Thing
  • Groovin'
  • Hang 'Em High
  • Heart Of Mine
  • Hip Hug Her
  • Hold On I'm Comin'
  • Hometown Blues
  • I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)
  • I Ain't Got You
  • I Can't Turn You Loose
  • I Got Everything I Need
  • I Thank You
  • If
  • In The Midnight Hour
  • It's Not The Spotlight
  • Key To The Highway
  • Knock On Wood
  • Last Night
  • Let Me Be Good To You
  • Mean Disposition
  • Mr. Pitiful
  • My Barracuda
  • Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won't Do)
  • Respect
  • Rubber Biscuit
  • Shake Your Tail Feathers
  • She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride
  • (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
  • 634-5789
  • Soul Finger
  • Soul Man
  • Stand And Be Counted
  • Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
  • Sugar Sweet
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • These Arms Of Mine
  • Time Is Tight
  • Walking Through The Park
  • Who's Making Love
  • A Woman In Love: It's Not Me
  • Woman To Woman
  • Wrap It Up
  • You Don't Know Like I Know
  • You Don't Miss Your Water
  • You Gonna Need Me
  • You Tell Me