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Junior Walker

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Junior Walker (born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., June 14, 1931 – November 23, 1995)



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Walker was born in Blytheville, Arkansas and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. His unmistakable saxophone style was the anchor for Jr. Walker & The All Stars rambunctious sound. The other original members of the group were drummer James Graves, guitarist Willie Woods, and keyboardist Vic Thomas.

His career started when he developed his own band at the age of 14, in the mid-’50s as the ‘Jumping Jacks’. His longtime friend Billy Nix (drummer) started his own group the ‘Rhythm Rockers.’ Periodically Nix would sit in on Jumping Jack’s shows, and Walker would sit in on the Rhythm Rockers shows.

Nix obtained a permanent gig at a local TV station in South Bend, Indiana, and asked Walker to join him and his keyboard player (Fred Patton) permanently. Shortly after, Nix would asked Willie Woods a local singer to perform with the group; shortly after Woods would learn how to play guitar also.

When Nix got drafted into the army, Walker convinced the band to move from South Bend, Indiana to Battle Creek, Michigan. While performing in Benton Harbor Michigan, Walker found a drummer by the name of Tony Washington, to replace Nix.

Eventually, Fred Patton (piano player) left the group, and Victor Thomas stepped in. The original name the “Rhythm Rockers” was changed to the “All Stars”.

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  • funkysoulvinyls

    the best sax player, see him live several years ago!

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • PigmeatI

    A standard in my Junior High DJ days back about '72. Always got the place jumpin'.

    14 Aug 2008 Reply
  • dbrew2u

    If your sitting down and listening to this ? Somebody call the coroner ! Cause you is Dead Baby !

    12 Jul 2008 Reply

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