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Previously released on cassette as What Does It Take, Motown added "Proud Mary" and re-released Motown Legends: What Does It Take as part of its Motown Legends series. On "Sexpots," a girl watching tune, Junior Walker sings what most men think when they see a shapely female sashaying down the street. You could label "Ball Baby," and "In and Out" PG (Parental Guidance), even the most naive will know what Walker's singing and blowing about. The addition of "Shotgun," and "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" makes this an excellent bargain for the price.


Born: 14 June 1931 in Blytheville, AR

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Motown's skilled but mostly anonymous instrumentalists very rarely stepped out on their own. The lone exception to the rule was tenor saxman Junior Walker, whose rough-and-ready, old-school R&B was a marked contrast with the label's typically smooth, polished product. Walker's squealing gutbucket style was inspired by jump blues and early R&B, particularly players like Louis Jordan, Earl Bostic, and Illinois Jacquet. Possessed of a raspy, untrained voice, Walker's singing nonetheless complemented...
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