Saturday, 8 January 2011

NS532 Jr. Walker & The All Stars [1974] - I Ain't Going Nowhere [Tamla Motown TMG 894]

b/w: Gotta Hold On To This Feeling (Official A Side)
Format: 45
Label: Tamla Motown
Cat No: TMG 894
Year: 1974
Value: £10

Junior Walker is the stage name for Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. born 14th June 1931 died 23rd Nov 1995.

He formed 'Rhythm Rockers' band with some friends in the 50s and was discovered by Johnny Bristol in 1961 who introduced him to Harvey Fuqua and signed to his label. It was whilst with Fuqua that the band changed their name to Junior Walker & the All Stars. Fuqua's label was acquired by Berry Gordy and hence they joined Motown's Soul label.

'I Ain' t Going Nowhere' was the flip to 'Gotta Hold On To This Feeling' and as such got picked up by the Northern scene.  It was not released as a 45 in the US.  'Gotta Hold On To This Feeling' was released on Soul 35070 in 1970 with 'Clinging To The Thought That She's Coming Back' on the flip.

'I Ain't Going Nowhere' was written by Gloria Jones and Pam Sawyer .  Jones was to later release her version of it on EMI in the UK in 1976 (see below).  Gloria Jones married T-Rex's Marc Bolan which brought her to the UK.  She recorded, the now legendary,'Tainted Love' on Champion in 1965 which was later made famous worldwide by Soft Cell in 1982 with their new wave version.

Gloria Jones

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