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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: (L-R): Bruce Watson, Mick Jones, Kelly Hansen, Jeff Pilson and Thom Gimbel of Foreigner perform onstage at the T.J. Martell 40th Anniversary NY Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for T.J. Martell)

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Foreigner: “Urgent”

The Hook: A legendary saxophonist playing in town provides the key to unlocking a “puzzling instrumental.”

Album: 4

Year: 1981

Writer: Mick Jones

Stats: Peaked at number-four for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped their new Top Rock Tracks chart…also for four weeks.

Background: Guitarist Mick Jones tells us that “Urgent” began it’s life as “this puzzling instrumental” they didn’t really know what to do with. He picks up the story and explains how a Motown saxophone legend help solve the puzzle.

Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones on how a Motown saxophone legend provided him with the key to key to unlocking the puzzling instrumental he had that would become “Urgent.” OC:…into place. :27

“We put the track down and I was sitting there reading The Village Voice, I think it was. Thumbing through as the track was playing in the background I saw this ad for Junior Walker playing the Lone Star Café. And at that moment I kind of focused in on what the song was all about. And actually that night went down to see Junior Walker and I pulled him down to the studio. It was in a way giving back to him as it was a tribute to how much he’s affected a good deal of guitar players, apart from sax players – his approach. And then just everything fell into place.”