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Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Girl Can´t Dance - Bunker Hill

The mighty, mighty Bunker Hill was born David Walker on May 5, 1941, and was raised in the Washington, DC, area. Walker was a successful gospel singer, first with the Sensational Wonders and then with the Mighty Clouds of Joy, on whose Peacock Records sides he can be heard. Walker was also a successful boxer, boasting a creditable record of 18-7 as a Heavyweight and putting in time as sparring partner of the legendary Light Heavyweight champ Archie Moore. In the early sixties, Walker was christened Bunker Hill and under the guidance of Vernon Wray, recorded three frantic secular singles, all backed by Vernon's brother Link Wray along with the Raymen. The debut disc, "Hide and Go Seek", was Bunker Hill's biggest hit, cracking the top 40 in 1962 and becoming a regional smash in the DC area. Two highly charged singles followed, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" and the unruly "The Girl Can't Dance", and while neither did much business in their day, both enjoy serious dance floor racket time today.
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  1. The two-parter "Hide and Go Seek" was released in the UK too on EMI's Stateside label and became a real cult in the many London, Birmingham and Manchester R&B nightclubs.