Jr. Walker & The All-Stars – Shotgun

Good R&B song from Jr. Walker and The Allstars. The song peaked at #4 in the Billboard 100 in 1965. If you look at the video below you will see a young Jimi Hendrix in the background playing guitar. They were on a show called Night Train and it was videotaped at channel 5, at that time it was WLAC in Nashville.

This was the first hit for Junior Walker & The All Stars, who were signed to the Motown label.

The “Shotgun” is a dance. There were many dance crazes in the ’60s, and 2 of them are mentioned in the lyrics: The Jerk “Do The Jerk, baby” and The Twine “It’s Twine Time”.

From Songfacts

Walker, whose real name was Autry DeWalt, was a saxophone player who made his vocal debut on this song. Walker recorded the vocals because the singer who was assigned to the session didn’t show up. He didn’t expect his tracks to make the cut, but the Motown producers liked the sound and left them in.

The sound at the beginning that simulates a shotgun was created by kicking an amplifier. This is explained on The Motown Story: Volume 1.

Motown president Berry Gordy produced this track himself.

The group had several more hit songs, including “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” and a cover of the Supremes song “Come See About Me.” Walker also played sax on Foreigner’s “Urgent” before his death in 1995.

Shotgun

I said shotgun shoot ’em ‘fore he run now do the jerk baby do the jerk now.
(Hey).
Put on your red dress and then you go down yonder.
I said buy yourself a shotgun now, were gonna break it down baby now.
We’re gonna load it up baby now ‘a then you shoot ’em ‘fore he run now.

I said shotgun shoot ’em ‘fore he run now do the jerk baby do the jerk now.
(Hey).

I said shotgun shoot ’em ‘fore he run now do the jerk baby do the jerk now.
(Hey).
I said Put on your high-heeled shoes.
I said we’re goin’ down here and I listen to ’em play the blues.
We’re gonna dig potatoes, we’re gonna pick tomatoes.
I said shotgun shoot ’em ‘fore he run now do the jerk baby do the jerk now.
(Hey).

Author: badfinger20

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