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" Final Resting Place of Junior Walker"
14th June 1931 - 23rd November 1995
Singer and Musician.
Born:- Autry De Walt , Blythesville, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Junior Walker was inspired to take up the saxophone by the blues singers and R & B bands he heard in the early 50's. Junior Walker & The All Stars had many hits on the Motown Label in the 60's and early 70's including:- "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" "Road Runner" "Shot Gun" "What Does It Take" "Walk In The Night" "Take Me Girl I'm Ready" and "Way Back Home"
Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan.
Jr. Walker (born Autry De Walt, Jr.) & the All Stars were signed to the Motown label in the 1960s, and became one of the label's signature acts.
Walker was born in Blytheville, Arkansas and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. His unmistakable saxophone style was the anchor for the band's rambunctious sound, and propelled them to the top of the charts in 1965 with their signature song, "Shotgun".
Other hits included:
"Do The Boomerang" - #10 (R&B)
"Shake and Finger Pop" - #7 (R&B)
"I'm a Roadrunner" - #4 (R&B) #20 (Pop)
"What Does It Take To Win Your Love" - #1 (R&B) #4 (Pop)
"Do You Feel My Love for You Growing"
"Walk in the Night"
Walker & the All-Stars recorded a cover of Marvin Gaye's single "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", which also became a hit in 1966.
Jr. Walker also played the sax on the group Foreigner's "Urgent". The solo was actually cobbled together from tapes that he had made with the band. He died on November 23, 1995 in Battle Creek, Michigan.