Happy Birthday, Junior Walker!

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Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., known by the stage name Junior Walker, was a musician. In the 1960s, Junior Walker and the All Stars were signed to the Motown label and became one of the label’s signature acts.

Junior Walker died on November 23, 1995, in Battle Creek, Michigan, at the age of 64. He had been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation that year, as well.

In 1967, drummer James Graves died in a car accident, and guitarist Willie Woods passed away in 1997. Victor “Vic” Thomas died in 2010 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Tony Washington is the only original surviving band member of the four that Harvey Fuqua signed to his label in 1961.

Junior Walker is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Battle Creek, Michigan, under a marker inscribed with both his birth name and his stage name.

Walker’s “Shotgun” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.

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