Junior Walker & the All-Stars

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1990 (The 1991 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Junior Walker & the All-Stars be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


14 comments so far (post your own)

He SHOULD be there, but isn't yet, and its a travesty....

Posted by Gregory Rose on Wednesday, 04.11.07 @ 23:33pm

nothing against Kenny G but COME ON GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Reynald Deschamps on Friday, 04.20.07 @ 22:00pm

One of Motown's ALL- TIME GREATS !! Jr Walker, Willie Woods, James Graves, and Vic Thomas DEFINITELY should be inducted !!!! With a long string of hits like SHOTGUN, ROAD RUNNER,WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN YOUR LOVE, SHAKE & FINGERPOP,HOME COOKIN'(which was recently used in a commercial), CLEOS MOOD ,PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP,THESE EYES, HIP CITY, WALK IN THE NIGHT, COME SEE ABOUT ME (which totally MURDERED the Supremes original version) ,and many , many more, they were the ULTIMATE PARTY BAND !!! THEY WERE FUNK LONG BEFORE THE TERM BECAME POPULAR!!! JUNIOR'S EXPLOSIVE SAX HAS INFLUENCED AND INSPIRED DOZENS OF MUSICIANS ....and the ALL-STARS powerful MOTOWN sound has not been duplicated by ANY would - be imitators !!! Berry Gordy himself said they were the one MOTOWN group that should not be touched , groomed or smoothed over to become acceptable to pop audiences.He didn't want ANYTHING to water down or soften up their raw soul sound!! Why do you think FOREIGNER wanted him to play that fantastic sax solo on their hit "URGENT"? WITH OVER 2 DOZEN CHART HITS for MOTOWN'S "SOUL" record label , JUNIOR WALKER & THE ALL- STARS PERSONIFY THE TERM !!!

Posted by Bill G on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 21:12pm

He should have been there long ago. To have to ask the question is redundant.....His riffs have been borrowed and stolen for years by guitar greats. He played sax during an era of electric guitars. And although there are many acts and musicians that have been shunned that should be there, the politics involved in the RRHF selection makes his fans question the very legitimacy of the Hall and its election process...

Posted by Gregory Rose on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 11:46am

It is an absolute disgrace that he has been excluded.
One of the most influential tenor sax players that has ever lived. Of any genre.
His hits alone warrant inclusion, but when artists of the stature of Gerald Albright and Don Byron record tributes............Have they gone deaf over there!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Phil Walker on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 07:16am

Until the advent of the electric guitar, the sax was the voice of rock and roll. And that instrument had no more lyrical voice than that of Junior Walker! This is a monumental omission. Not only should Junior Walker be in the HOF, he should be on The Mt. Rushmore of rock and roll instrumentalists.

Posted by david on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 14:07pm

First of all, the guitar has been and always will be THE Rock & Roll instrument. I think the original "voice" of saxaphone in Rock would probably be King Curtis, who was inducted in 2000, I believe (rightfully so). Junior Walker had a nice career, but I don't think it's anything close to being RRHOF material.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 19:09pm

they should have been there the year they are eligible

Posted by akatsuki on Friday, 10.17.08 @ 04:46am

I can't fathom what could possibly be the reason for considering and then disqualifying Junior Walker and the All-Stars. Endorphins rush into my system whenever I hear anything by them.

Sometime in mid-to-late 80s, I had the privilege of seeing them at The Dell, a very intimate venue in Columbus, Ohio. At one point, Junior was so caught up in his groove that he walked off the stage and out the front door, playing all the while, and continued to blow on the sidewalk outside the club, serenading passers-by for some minutes before returning to the stage. He never skipped a beat.

Posted by estivator on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 14:07pm

Jr. Walker and the All-Stars personify all that the Hall of Fame stand for. Too bad, too sad if they ever decide to honor them when they are gone. When I listen to his sax even now, I have to move to that rousing beat and I'm in my 60s. JW blew notice of "party time!" fun good and loud!

Posted by A. Gordon on Thursday, 08.20.09 @ 10:41am

Of the original hit All-Stars line-up , most are already gone. Junior died in 1995, Drummer James Graves was killed in a car crash in 1967,and Willie Woods of cancer in 1997. that leaves original members Tony Washington and keyboardist James Graves, which, to my knowledge, are still touring.

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 09.9.09 @ 19:36pm

One of the greatest sax plyers evee. Agree with gregory rose put them in

Posted by Keith on Thursday, 10.6.11 @ 12:13pm

They should definitely get in for the songs 'Shotgun' and 'What Does It Take...'! Any so-called professional rock critic/enthusiast would know that

Posted by Jason on Sunday, 06.17.12 @ 11:55am

Agree, it is a disgrace not to have included Jnr, other sax players get me yawning by comparison and to compare Kenny G on the same level, give me a break! Jnr Walker brought life and excitement into sax playing with soul and the Motown sound. It his influence along with Dozier and Holland that drew me to this instrument especially with the Baritone sax on Motown tracks.

Jnr Walker stands above them all, who ever they are, can not say I recognise anyone in the list or heard of them before and there is a reason for that......zzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Posted by Carl on Saturday, 11.29.14 @ 14:23pm

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