Jr. Walker

Born Autry DeWalt II, in 1931 in Blytheville, Arkansas, Jr. Walker was inspired to take up the saxophone by the jump blues and R&B bands he heard in the early 50s. In 1964, Walker signed to Motown Records, 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 ... [ more ]

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