Shotgun – Jr. Walker and the All-Stars

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………on February 13th of 1965 Jr. Walker and The All Stars enter the US charts for the first time with “Shotgun”, which will make it to #1 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Pop chart. The “Shotgun” is a dance. There were many dance crazes in the ’60s, and 2 of them are mentioned in the lyrics: The Jerk (“Do The Jerk, baby”) and The Twine (“It’s Twine Time”). This was the first hit for Junior Walker & The All Stars, who were signed to the Motown label. Walker, whose real name was Autry DeWalt, was a saxophone player who made his vocal debut on this song. Walker recorded the vocals because the singer who was assigned to the session didn’t show up. He didn’t expect his tracks to make the cut, but the Motown producers liked the sound and left them in. Motown president Berry Gordy produced this track himself.  The group had several more hit songs, including “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” and a cover of the Supremes song “Come See About Me.” Walker also played sax on Foreigner’s “Urgent” before his death in 1995. The song failed to chart in the UK.