John Walker Dies
May 9, 2011 by Post Team
Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal assistant, Polly Klemmer, told The Associated Press. He had continued working until a few weeks, which makes its appearance the last concert in Los Angeles in March, said on Sunday Klemmer.
He had his greatest success as the guitarist and lead singer of The Walker Brothers, which produced hits like 1960′s “The Sun Is not Gonna Shine Anymore,” “Love Her,”Make it easy for you” and “My boat is Comin ‘In. ”
While the Beatles and other British groups to remake the face of rock ‘n’ roll during the British invasion of America called the mid-1960, Walker moved from U.S. to England instead.
There, he and two other Americans, bassist Scott Engel and drummer Gary Leeds, called themselves the Walker Brothers and Walker each took as their surname, but were not related. They had immediate success with his first British record of 1964 “Love Her” and a string of hits quickly followed.
Walker, who was born John Maus, had begun to use the name of Walker professionally when he was 17, his adoption, according to some accounts, to obtain a fake ID that lets you play at nightclubs she was too young to enter legally.
He, Engel and drummer Al “Tiny” Schneider, first used the name of Walker Brothers, while working in the house band at the Hollywood nightclub Gazzari, shortly before he and Engels moved to Britain and joined Leeds.
As part of the Walker Brothers, he toured the world and has sold over 23 million records, according to its website.
The group also appeared in numerous British television programs in the 1960′s, including popular music program “Ready, Steady, Go,”Top of the Pops” and “Billy Cotton Band Show.” He also appeared in the movie “Beach Ball”, the German-fi series “Beat Club” and other shows.
Walker, who picked up the guitar at age 14, began acting professionally in the 1950′s. In the 1960′s was a regular at such popular clubs in Hollywood like Pandora’s box on the Sunset Strip and on the college circuit.
During those years, he worked with musicians such as Ritchie Valens and Glen Campbell, with producer Phil Spector and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who wrote for The Monkees and other groups.
Despite returning to the United States in the 1980′s, Klemmer said Sunday that Walker continued to tour England each year as part of a “60 Silver” show until his health declined last year. He was diagnosed with cancer in December.
“He had formed a band based in Los Angeles and planned to make more doing here,” he said.
His wife, Cynthia, sister, Judy Hoyt, children Jamie Anderson Maus, Maus Nickolett Drew, Adam and Heather Stewart Sarrazin and several grandchildren, survives Walker.
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