Monday, May 9, 2011

From The '60s: John Walker Dies at 67

Founding member of the Walker Brothers

John Walker, one of the founders of the Walker Brothers, has died at the age of 67, according to an article at the

The songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, who played a pivotal role in the band, which scored huge commercial success in the 1960s and 1970s with songs such as Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Any More), passed away at his Los Angeles home.

He had liver cancer.

Born John Maus, he and the other two unrelated members of the group, Scott Engel and Gary Leeds, adopted the Walker Brothers name after their formation in 1964.

His spokeswoman said: "Sadly John passed away yesterday morning Californian time, after a six-month battle with liver cancer."

In a mirror image of sorts to the British pop invasion of the US in 1960s, the band's fame flourished after travelling to the UK during the same decade.

The official John Walker website said it was with "deepest sadness" that it had to report the musician passed away.

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