(I'm a) Road Runner

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"(I'm a) Road Runner"
Single by Junior Walker & the Allstars
from the album Road Runner
Released 1966
Format 7" single
Genre Soul, rock and roll
Length 2:49
Label Tamla Motown
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Junior Walker & the Allstars singles chronology
"Cleo's Back"
"(I'm a) Road Runner"
"Cleo's Mood"

"(I'm a) Road Runner" is a hit song by Junior Walker & the Allstars, part of the successful 1966 Road Runner album. Written by the song-writing team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was released on the Tamla (Motown) label in 1966 and reached the top twenty in the U.S. and the U.K. [1][2]

Walker plays the distinctive tenor saxophone solo, backed by Mike Terry on baritone saxophone with Willie Woods on guitar. During production of the record, it was discovered that Walker could play the song only in two keys. So Walker sang in a key that he couldn’t play, and after being recorded, the saxophone track was sped up to match.[3]


James Taylor performed a cover in episode 1, season 2 of Saturday Night Live. Taylor also included the song on his 2008 album Covers

British-American rock group Fleetwood Mac covered the song with Dave Walker on lead vocals for their 1973 album Penguin.

Jerry Garcia Band performed a memorable version of the song in 1975, featured on The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2: Let It Rock.

Peter Frampton covered the song on his 1977 album I'm in You.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic.com
  2. ^ HDH Records
  3. ^ Brian's Weekly Sleevenotes from BBC Radio 2's "Sounds of the Sixties" broadcast 5 July 2014.