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Junior Walker 1931-1995

Geoffrey Himes, Rolling Stone, 25 January 1996

IN EARLY 1965, a new single lit up American radio. It began with a gunshot, echoed by the snare drum that followed. Then a tenor saxophone took over, blowing a catchy, syncopated figure and topping it off with a long, throaty squeal. Finally a man cried out, "I said, 'Shotgun!'" It was Junior Walker and the All Stars, and they took 'Shotgun' to No. 1 on the R&B charts and to No. 4 on the pop charts.

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