Bass guitarist nicknamed "Duck" who played on hundreds of popular recordings by artists like Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and Rufus Thomas as a session musician for Stax Records. He was also the bassist for the funk group Booker T. & the M.G.'s, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
He formed his first band The Royal Spades with future Stax session guitarist Steve Cropper while attending Messick High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
He made cameos as himself in the 1980 comedy The Blues Brothers and its sequel, 1998's Blues Brothers 2000.
He was survived by his wife June and his son Jeff. He had a grandson named Michael.
He was the frequent bassist of Eric Clapton and played with the guitarist during 1985's Live Aid benefit show.