John Walker, one of the founders of the ’60s music group the Walker Brothers, died in his Los Angeles home Saturday after a battle with liver cancer, it was announced on his Web site. He was 67.
A songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, Walker, along with Scott Engel and Gary Leeds, struck it big with such songs as “Make It Easy On Yourself,” “Love Her,” “My Ship Is Comin’ In” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Any More).”
Walker was born John Maus but started using the name Walker in his teens, the same time he picked up the guitar. Although no one in the group was related to one another, the trio called themselves the Walker Brothers when they formed in 1964.
And while they were all American born, the group traveled across the Atlantic, where they found success in Britain during the Beatles’ reign. The Walker Brothers eventually disbanded by the end of the ’60s, after having sold an estimated 23 million albums. John Walker returned to the States in the ’80s.
Gary Walker posted on his Web site: “The three of us had the most incredible adventure together, all the time not realising that we were part of pop history in the making. His music will live on, and therefore so will John.”
On John Walker’s site, it also said, “He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend, and artiste.” His cancer was first diagnosed last December, and among his survivors is his wife, Cynthia.