John Walker Dies At 67
By Jacob Sundstrom 2011-05-09 15:41:30
Legendary singer and songwriter John Walker has died after a brief fight with liver cancer. The 67 year old passed on Saturday, May 7th, and is the first of The Walker Brothers to die. He began his music career at age fourteen, when he performed with his sister Judith in the duo John and Judy; at that age he was already able to play the saxophone, clarinet, and guitar.
A statement on the singer’s website reads, "He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend, and artiste." And such sentiments were backed up by former “Walker Brother” Gary Leeds, who said,
"It's a very sad day for John's family, myself and all of our many fans. "John was the founder member of the group and lead singer in the early days. He was also a fantastic guitarist which a lot of people didn't realise. He was a compassionate songwriter and a gentleman with lots of style. "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."
Walker, born John Maus, formed the band in the early 60s with Leeds and Scott Engel. The band put forth hits such as Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Any More) while achieving most of their success across the pond in the UK. The band broke up in 1968, but came back together in the mid to late seventies before splitting once again. Walker was closest with Leeds, as the two teamed up to write an autobiography, The Walker Brothers: No Regrets - Our Story in 2009.