"Shotgun" is a 1965 single by Junior Walker & the All Stars, which was written and composed by Walker and produced by Berry Gordy Jr. and Lawrence Horn. It reached number one on the U.S. [1 ] R&B Singles chart for four non-consecutive weeks and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Guitarist [2 ] Jimi Hendrix performed the song live with the All Stars.
Shotgun uses only one chord throughout the entire song -- A-flat seventh. Other songs featuring this same structure (or non-structure) are Chain of Fools and Land of 1000 Dances. [3 ]
Personnel [ edit ]
Shotgun in film [ edit ]
It was used in
Martin Scorsese's debut feature film, (1967). Who's That Knocking At My Door?
The song has been used in the films
(1990), Misery (1992), and Malcolm X (1998). How Stella Got Her Groove Back
The song was also used as the theme song for "Ain't Nothin' But a Woman". A sketch-comedy segment previously featured on
It was likewise referenced in
during the opening number, "The Greatest Medley Ever Told." Sister Act 2
The song was performed by
Public Enemies in the Norwegian film Hurra for Andersens in 1966. Public Enemies brought Shotgun to the seventh position on the Radio Luxembourg's Top 20 Chart.
Cover versions [ edit ]
The Wailers recorded a version of the song with slightly modified lyrics as a ska song.
Vanity with Kareem and Dave Koz recorded a version that appeared on the soundtrack for Action Jackson
In 2001, saxophonist
Richard Elliot recorded an instrumental version for his album Crush. [6 ]
Yo La Tengo cover was released on their Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics album of 2006.
in 1965 Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs also covered the this song on their Wooly Bully album.
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