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Did anyone else see Junior Walker and the All Stars at The Beacon Theater in 1989?

5 Jan

I was lucky enough to see Junior Walker and the All Stars live in concert the second night I was ever in New York City in July of 1989.  My friend and I arrived on a Friday night, I picked up a copy of The Village Voice and saw that there was a soul music concert the next night at The Beacon Theater, $25 a ticket to see Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Picket and Junior Walker.  Coming from Australia, this was unbelievable to me, but it was real and that specific concert is undoubtedly one of the experiences that compelled me to find a way to live in this magical musical city.  To see Percy sing When A Man Loves A Woman, Eddie knock knock knock knock knocking on wood for around 15 minutes and Wilson Pickett resentfully churning out performances of a dozen of his hits thrilled me half to death, but when Junior Walker came out swinging with his own band, The All Stars, and literally jumped right into Shotgun I broke down and wept.  Junior Walker has been one of my favorite sax players as long as I’ve had favorite sax players and his concert was one of the best I’ve seen in my life.  I couldn’t find any lengthier snippet of live footage than this clip of him and the band playing at the Ram Jam Club in London in 1967, but you get the idea of what I experienced and why he’s one of my faves in the first 10 seconds.

Isaac Hayes on Bari Sax leading the Stax horn section at Fame Studios

19 Jan




Thanks to soul music afficionado and performer Eli “Paperboy” Reed for sharing this excerpt from a French documentary called “Le Blues De Memphis” which has studio footage from Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Isaac Hayes is leading the five piece horn section around a conference table before tracking live, 5 horns to a microphone – ISAAC ON BARI!!  He does a great gliss at the end of the part.  No wonder when I saw him in concert at Prospect Park 6 weeks before he passed I had to concede that his synth horns sounded pretty much as good as the real thing. A little research just led me to discover that Isaac Hayes first job at Stax was a sax player in The Mar-Keys. There’s also great footage here of Brook Benton and Booker T and the MGs tracking Time is Tight.  This kind of history lesson can move me to tears.  I love Stax.