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Way Back Home - Junior Walker and the All Stars


Jazz saxophonist Wilton Felder, who may be the other saxophonist on this beside Junior, and Gladys Knight, who are co-writers of this along with producer Johnny Bristol, came from Georgia and Texas respectively and it's this rather than Walker's memories of his birthplace in Arkansas that inform this song, as he grew up in Indiana.

Optimism and childhood reminiscence wrapped in golden saxophone - bliss. I saw him at Dingwalls once, and he was playing this when he turned suddenly to start the final saxophone solo and a drop of sweat from his forehead landed on my arm. That was in 1988 and I've never washed it since.

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