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Junior Walker & the All-Stars

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b. Autry DeWalt II, 14 June 1931, Blytheville, Arkansas, USA, d. 23 November 1995, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA. Walker’s record label, Motown Records, stated that he was born in 1942. He was inspired to take up the saxophone by the jump blues and R&B bands he heard in the early 50s. In his mid-teens, he formed his first instrumental group, the Jumping Jacks, adopting the stage name Junior Walker after a childhood nickname. By 1961 he had achieved a prominent local reputation, which reached the ear of label owner and former Moonglow, Harvey Fuqua. He signed Walker to his Harvey label, allowing him free rein to record a series of raw saxophone-led instrumentals. In 1964 Walker followed Fuqua to Motown, where he perfected a blend of raunchy R&B and Detroit soul typified by his 1965 hit, ‘Shotgun’. With its repeated saxophone riffs and call-and-response vocals, it established Walker as the label’s prime exponent of traditional R&B, a reputation that was confirmed by later hits like ‘Shake And Fingerpop’ and ‘Road Runner’. The latter was produced by Holland/Dozier/Holland, who also encouraged Walker to record instrumental versions of hits they had written for other Motown artists. Walker’s style became progressively more lyrical in the late 60s, a development that reached its peak on the 1969 US Top 5 hit, ‘What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)?’ This also marked the pinnacle of his commercial success, as subsequent attempts to repeat the winning formula were met with growing public indifference, and from 1972 onwards the All Stars recorded only sporadically. Hot Shot in 1976, produced by Brian Holland, marked a move towards the burgeoning disco market, which was confirmed on two further albums that year, Walker’s first as a solo artist. In 1979, he was one of several Motown artists to move to Whitfield Records. Finding his career deadlocked, Walker returned to Motown in 1983, issuing Blow The House Down, an exercise in reclaiming lost ground. The novelty single ‘Sex Pot’ rekindled memories of his classic hits, although Walker’s greatest commercial success in the 80s came when he guested with Foreigner and played the magnificent saxophone solo on their hit single ‘Urgent’. He lost a two-year battle with cancer in November 1995.
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Albums by
Junior Walker & the All-Stars

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    15 songs

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    The Very Best Of

    10 songs

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    Home Cookin'

    12 songs

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    Shotgun

    12 songs

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    Soul Session

    11 songs

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    Road Runner

    11 songs

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    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Jr. Walker & The All Stars

    25 songs

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    The Ultimate Collection

    23 songs

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    Road Runner & Home Cookin'

    11 songs

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    Gotta Hold on to This Feeling

    10 songs

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    Road Runner & Home Cookin'

    18 songs

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    Jr. Walker & the All Stars

    12 songs

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    Gotta Hold on to This Feeling

    12 songs

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    Soul Session

    12 songs

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    Shotgun

    18 songs

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    The Definitive Collection

    11 songs

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    Motown Legends: What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)?

    11 songs

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    Live! [Motown]

    7 songs

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    Live! [Motown]


Top Songs by
Junior Walker & the All-Stars

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  2.   Shotgun
  3.   What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
  4.   (I'm A) Road Runner
  5.   Money (That's What I Want)
  6.   How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
  7.   These Eyes
  8.   Don't Blame the Children
  9.   Gotta Hold on to This Feeling by Junior Walker
  10.   Carry Your Own Load
  11.   Shoot Your Shot
  12.   Mark Anthony
  13.   Pucker Up Buttercup
  14.   Cleo's Back
  15.   Brainwasher, Pt. 2
  16.   Willie's Blues
  17.   Three Four Three
  18.   Holly Holy
  19.   Groove and Move
  20.   San-Ho-Zay
  21.   Hip City, Pt. 2
  22.   Way Back Home
  23.   Twist Lackawanna
  24.   Satan's Blues
  25.   Baby Ain't You Shame
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Junior Walker & the All-Stars

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    55 Best Motown Songs

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    Dad's Kitchen

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    Legends Of Motown

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    Oldies

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    '60s Hits

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    Chicano Old School

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    Classic Soul

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    Hotel Poolside

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    '60s Deep Dive

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    Acid Jazz


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