Wikipedia : This day (November 23, 1995), in Battle Creek, died Junior Walker, an American musician from the Junior Walker & the All Stars fame.
@allmusic : Walker’s squealing gutbucket style was inspired by jump blues and early R&B, particularly players like Louis Jordan, Earl Bostic, and Illinois Jacquet.
@Soulwalking : In 1965, Junior released the single ‘Shotgun’ (a song that Junior sang on by default, as the original singer didn’t show up for the recording), which was followed by hits such as ‘Shake And Fingerpop’ ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)’ and ‘Road Runner’.
@last.fm : 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.