jr. walker and the all stars


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


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. 

“Havlicek stole the ball!” Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most’s call describing the final seconds of Game 7 of the Eastern Division Finals is one of the most memorable in NBA history. Boston held on to a 110-109 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers after John Havlicek tipped Hal Greer’s inbounds pass, intended for Chet Walker, toward teammate Sam Jones. The Celtics would go on to win their seventh consecutive NBA title. Eight-time NBA champion and 13-time consecutive All-Star John Havlicek, nicknamed “Hondo,” turned 75 today. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

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