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Jr. Walker (Born 14th June, 1931)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:35 am
by john poole
Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. - born 14th June, 1931 (Blytheville, Arkansas) [died 23rd November, 1995] - his Motown biography had his year of birth as 1942 to make him appear aged 22 rather than 33 when he had his first hit with 'Shotgun'.

'Shake and Fingerpop' (1965 live on "Shindig!")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xM_p0_ISGg

'What Does it Take (to Win Your Love)' (1969) - stereo recording dubbed onto clip which seems to go out-of-sync half way through
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub72eylahJg
With the Spinners on backing vocals. The producer/writers Johnny Bristol & Harvey Fuqua had the track recorded in 1967, but it took until the following year to persuade Junior to add his contribution, and a further year before Berry Gordy could be persuaded to issue it as a single. It proved to be his biggest seller.

'How Sweet it is (to be Loved by You)' - on TV in Holland with an 80s version of the All Stars (one of whom has posted a comment)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDd69AV1vWY

"Jr. Walker's AllStar Band" continued to appear after their leader's passing, at least into the current decade.

Re: Jr. Walker (Born 14th June, 1931)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:05 pm
by john poole
Born 85 years ago today

Shotgun (Shindig! 1965 )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFAmg4DQ5o8

'How sweet it is (to be loved by you)' (with a later set of All Stars; filmed for French TV at the Ram Jam Club, Brixton in 1967)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnD4kkDTXVI

Cleo’s Back (live in Paris, 1973)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKXjZ0DPBYY

Other Motown birthdays this week -

Uriel Jones 13/6/34 - 24/3/09
Marv Tarplin 13/6/41 - 30/9/11
Renaldo “Obie" Benson 14/6/36 - 1/7/05
Lamont Dozier 16/6/41 - will be 75 on Thursday

Re: Jr. Walker (Born 14th June, 1931)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:25 pm
by Rob Hall
I once read somewhere that Jr Walker & The All Stars - who I have loved since I first heard them - were a really good road band in their day, before hitting the charts with Motown. Does anybody know anything about their early days?

Re: Jr. Walker (Born 14th June, 1931)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:49 pm
by john poole
They were playing in clubs before they signed to Motown - "jazz and r&b, we did it all - when I got more off more into r&b, I started makin' a little money then" he said in an interview. Their pre-Motown instrumental recordings for Harvey Fuqua's Harvey label were later included on a Motown LP called "Soul Session" and I guess give an idea of what they sounded like then
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRVxGZhwdNM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJC0y2HJadI

Re: Jr. Walker (Born 14th June, 1931)

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:28 pm
by Rob Hall
Thanks John, ever helpful.