Phil Gaber discovered Ronnie Walker, a North Philly native, and put him to work writing songs for his P & L record label. With writer/arranger/musician Glenn Williams, Walker wrote "Trouble," "The Love I Hold" and "I'm Trouble With My Heart," for the Agents in 1966; Gaber leased the first two songs to Liberty Bell Records but poor distribution and publicity stifled any chances it had. Walker, all of 16 years of age, released his first single "I'm Saying Goodbye" b/w "My Baby (Doesn't Love Me Anymore)" the same year. Appearing with the Agents at hops, Walker built a reputation as a smooth vocalist. Philips Records issued Walker's second single "Really, Really Love You" b/w "Ain't It Funny," July 1967; it succeeded the first effort and made Philly's top ten, while bubbling along the bottom of the Billboard and Cashboxes' top 100 charts. It still gets played on Philly's classic oldies stations. The Philips association dissolved after a second single, "Your The One," fizzled in 1967.
A falsetto singer, Walker's was credited as a main contributor to Philly's legion of sweet singers. One of his best, "Precious" came out on Vent Records in 1968 and reappeared in '69 on the back of Walker's remake of the Miracles' "It's A Good, Good Feeling" on Nico Records. Nico leased it to ABC Records who push it into Philly's top ten. Despite its local success, ABC never issued another single, leaving four additional tracks to collect dust in their vaults. Of these additional tracks, "Guess I'll Never Understand," got made over with strings and appeared with "Didn't We" in 1970 on Paramount Records by Walker under the pseudonym of Fletcher Walker III. Surprisingly, it didn't hit in Philly but sold well in St. Louis, MO.
Lack of success didn't stop Walker, in 1972 he cut four sides for Gaber, who issued "In Search Of Love" b/w "Now There Is You," on Gala Records; it didn't do much business, and the other two tracks, including a rendition of Theola Kilgore's "This Is My Prayer," got jettison. Instead, the following year, Gala released Walker's disco version of Stevie Wonder's "Can You Love A Poor Boy." Event Records released two singles by Walker in 1974 & '75, but neither "You've Got To Try Harder," nor "Just Can't Say Hello (Once You Say Goodbye)" set the charts on fire. He kept busy writing songs for others including Fat Larry, Charo and Dave Shultz, who scored a local hit with Walker's "Penalty Box." Vic Damone, Ester Philips and Carole Williams also have recorded Walker's songs. And there's more coming since Walker is still active and searching for that elusive national hit record. Philly Soul Volume 1 features nine tracks by Walker along with his compositions by the Agents.