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Junior Walker
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    (June 14, 1931-November 23, 1995)
    Raised in South Bend, Indiana
    Birth name was Autry De Walt, Jr.
    Frontman for the Motown group Junior Walker & the All-Stars
    Recorded 'Shotgun,' 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),' 'Pucker up Buttercup,' 'Do the Boomerang,' 'What Does It Take (To Win Your Love),' '(I'm A) Road Runner,' 'Come See About Me,' 'Cleo's Mood,' 'Shake and Fingerpop,' 'Gotta Hold on to This Feeling,' 'These Eyes' and 'Walk in the Night'
    Portrayed Lester Diamond in the movie 'Tapeheads (1988)'
    Died of cancer at age 64
    The stage name he took sounds like a device that helps infants take their first steps.
    Some sources list his birth name as Oscar G. Mixon and he changed it during childhood.
    For some reason Motown's biography lists his birth year as 1942.
    Motown used him mainly to perform instrumentals and sax tinged cover songs of their other artists.
    Kenny G covered his 'What Does It Take (To Win Your Love).'
    A singer he hired for his recording of 'Shotgun' never showed up and Motown execs suggested he sing it himself.
    He though his voice was crappy, but did sing, and 'Shotgun' reached the Top 5 on Billboard Singles chart.
    He had two Billboard hits in two decades - 'Shotgun' (#5 Pop, #1 R&B) in 1965 and 'What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)' (#4 Pop, #1 R&B) in 1972.
    Foreigner utilized his sax skills for their Top 5 smash single 'Urgent' (1981).
    In the '80s and '90s, his son sometimes joined him on tour playing drums.
    His sax style has been discovered by a new generation of R&B influenced jazz players.

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