Liver cancer finally claimed the life of John Walker (Nee John Maus), founder member of seminal sixties pop outfit The Walker Brothers, the musician passing away at his home in LA after battled bravely with the illness for six months.
During the Swingin’ Sixties The Walker Brothers played their part in defining the sound of the era, in particular with hits such as “The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore”, “Make it Easy on Yourself” and “Stay With Me Baby” which have remained timeless classics. A decade later they added the release of “No Regrets” to their repertoire, establishing them as a household name.
The Walker Brothers were actually unrelated and none of them originally had the surname ‘Walker’ which was a nom de plume that John embraced prior to forming the band. The trio achieved far more success in the UK than in the US, despite being a US band with popular tracks “The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore” and “Make it Easy on Yourself” both reaching number 1 in the British hit parade. John was the guitarist, songwriter and also performed vocals during the early days of the trio, before the enigmatic tones of the legendary Scott Walker took centre stage.
Gary Walker, the drummer with the band paid tribute to the lost ‘brother’ on his website: “The three of us had the most incredible adventure together, all the time not realizing that we were part of pop history. His music will live on, and therefore so will John.”
John Walker’s official website runs the following statement:
“It is with our deepest sadness to report that Mr. John Walker passed away in his Los Angeles area home on May 7, 2011. He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend, and artiste.”
The idiosyncratic sound of The Walker Brothers will always conjure up a very special era in musical history and will long serve as a reminder of what greatness the music industry was capable of before it became about nothing more than quick money.