Junior Walker, in his 50s, the roaring sax behind...


November 24, 1995

Junior Walker, in his 50s, the roaring sax behind "Shotgun" and one of soul music's premiere bandleaders with Junior Walker and the All Stars, died yesterday of cancer. According to reference books, he was born Autry DeWalt Jr. in Blytheville, Ark., sometime in 1942. He started out playing in local groups in Indiana in the mid-1950s before moving to Battle Creek, Mich., and forming the All Stars. The group recorded some of the Motown label's most enduring hits, including "What Does It Take To Win Your Love," "How Sweet It Is" and "These Eyes." Mr. Walker continued to tour into the '90s -- including oldies reviews that passed through Baltimore. Mr. Walker gained acclaim for his brilliant sax solos, and some of the All Stars' best work included instrumentals. His style is credited with influencing jazz saxophonist David Sanborn, among others.

John F. Collins, 76, a former mayor of Boston who helped rebuild the city with a formula emulated nationwide, died yesterday in Boston of pneumonia. As mayor from 1960-1968, he oversaw a wave of rebuilding and renovation that began in the late 1950s by his predecessor, John Hynes. During his mandate, Government Center rose from the rubble of seedy Scollay Square, and Prudential Center became an anchor of the city's economic and commercial revival. The city's dying waterfront began a new life as a business and tourist mecca. He also envisioned the conversion of run-down warehouses around Faneuil Hall into a mix of restaurants and stores.

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