Post by Emerald City on Jan 11, 2006 20:10:57 GMT -5
JUNIOR WALKER DEAD AT 64; SAXIST WAS KEY MOTOWN STAR Billboard, 12/9/95, Vol. 107, Issue 49
Harvey Fuqua, the former Moonglows singer who worked with late saxophonist Junior Walker in the early '60s, remembers Walker as an artist who managed to create a lot with a little.
"He was the only one who could play the same five notes throughout his career and make hits with them," Fuqua says. "I'm sort of pulling your leg, but that's all he had to play."
"He was a honker, but not as honkish as the others," Fuqua says. "Not a screamin' honker--a smoother edition of a honker . . . He was a sexy player also: "These Eyes,' "Sweet Soul,' 'What Does It Take.' Those things were wonderful."
..."It was an excellent band," recalls Johnny Bristol, who produced many of Walker's hits with Fuqua and played opposite the All Stars at El Grotto Bar in Battle Creek, where the group was the house band.
"The place was so packed, the [owner] raised her cover charge from 50 cents to a dollar."