“With Marvin Gaye, we could feel we were onto something extraordinary. We could feel the magic of Let’s Get It On from the beginning”: Meet Motown mainstay David T. Walker, the session guitarist behind some of music’s all-time classic albums

David T. Walker
(Image credit: Geovani Aleksandr)

The life of a session player is never easy. Ask David T. Walker, who, at 82 years young, has appeared on dozens of albums as a gun for hire.

His origins are humble. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1941, his parents relocated to Los Angeles when he was seven, exposing him to a new world of music. 

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.