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On this day in music history: March 13, 1965 - “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker & The All-Stars hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on April 3, 1965. Written by Autry DeWalt, Jr. (aka Jr. Walker), it is the biggest hit for the saxophonist from Blytheville, AR. Walker will cut the song in Motown’s Studio A in late 1964 with his own band members Willie Woods and Victor Thomas along with Funk Brothers bassist James Jamerson, drummer Benny Benjamin, percussionist Jack Ashford, and guitarist Eddie Willis. Willis will actually kick off the song, literally when he kicks the reverb unit on his guitar amplifier, providing the “shotgun” blast sound effect heard during the intro of the record. During the session, Walker will record what he thinks is just a scratch vocal, intending to come back and re-record it when he returns home to Detroit from a tour. Berry Gordy likes Jr’s rough vocal so much that he’ll release it as is on January 14, 1965. Walker will only discover the record is out when he hears it on the radio one day. Over the years, “Shotgun” will be featured in a number of films including “Malcolm X”, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, and “Misery”. “Shotgun” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2002.

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All In Love Is Fair - Jr. Walker and the All Stars (Jr. Walker and the All Stars, 1974)

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Shotgun - Jr. Walker and the All Stars (Shotgun, 1965)

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Gimme That Beat (Part 1) - Jr. Walker and The All Stars (Peace and Understanding Is Hard To Find, 1973)

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On this day in music history: July 19, 1969 - “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” by Jr. Walker & The All Stars hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on August 9th. Written by Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, and Vernon Bullock, it will become the second R&B chart topper and million selling single for the Motown star. Recorded in late 1968, the song will initially be passed over for release in one of Motown’s Quality Control meetings in favor of another Jr. Walker song titled “Home Cookin’”. When that single is only moderately successful, “What Does It Take” will be immediately pulled from the vault and released. It will take off faster than any single since Walker’s first hit “Shotgun” four years before. 

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Jr. Walker and the All Stars, “Tune Up”

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Hip City Pt. 2 - Jr. Walker and the All Stars (Home Cookin’, 1969)

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Shotgun- Jr.Walker and the All stars

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