I’m sorry that I don’t have more information to pass along at this time, but apparently Mike Dunn – perhaps best known in these parts from his playing in the Ernie Williams Band – passed away on Wednesday (January 16).
Here’s what a few of his bandmates had to say about him:
From Rocky Petrocelli’s Facebook page:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Dunn. His bass playing and musicianship was second to none, and his friendship is something that I greatly treasured. He always brought out the best in me, and for that I am grateful beyond words. He will be sorely missed….Rest In Peace, Mikey!
Email from Michael Kelley:
He had an impressive list of musical achievements including performing and recording with Levon Helm and Rick Danko, as well as the Band collectively. He was a founding member of the Crows, who went on to become the Crowmatix and finally Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. He also played the bass with Ernie Williams for many years. He was a great musician, but more importantly he was a great guy.
From Randy Ciarlante’s Facebook page:
“RIP the one and only Big Mike Dunn.The Ace will always be one of the Creator’s master plans in my musical life, his gift was truly a blessing to be a part of, and he will be sorely missed but never forgotten. At peace forever, my friend…”
From Jason Ladanye’s Facebook page:
“RIP Mike Dunn. I played guitar with mike laying down great bass for almost three years. Very sad to think ill never play with him again. Mike, you’ll be missed.”
From George Kirby Jr.’s Facebook page:
“Today, I am sad to share this post about the passing of our dear friend Michael Dunn. Mikey played in my band for many years, toured as far as Ireland with us, and recorded on one of our albums. His spirit and his joy when playing music is something to which I will always aspire. We will miss you, my brother.”
From Zonder Kennedy’s Facebook page:
“I am sad to say that today we lost my dear friend and brother Mike Dunn. He was a giant in the music world, could play any style effortlessly, contribute so much to a song, to a band, to a gig, even to a late night ride back from the middle of nowhere. A sweeter, gentler and funnier man would be hard to find. Thanks for all the great times and music. I love you and will miss you. Your bass playing and your music will live on forever. Rest in peace.”