Personalities | Junior Walker | Sixties | Rock

(Saxophone, vocals, 1942–95)

Rough bluesy sax player (born Autry DeWalt in Arkansas in 1942) who, with his band The All Stars, signed to Motown in 1964. He first charted the following year with ‘Shotgun’, having stepped up to perform the vocals when the booked singer did not show. More hits followed, notably 1966’s ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’ and ‘(I’m A) Roadrunner’. His sound inspired 1970s saxophonists like Tom Scott, and he memorably guested the solo on Foreigner’s 1981 hit ‘Urgent’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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