John Walker of the seminal ’60s and ’70s trio the Walker Brothers has died at the age of 67, according to the London Guardian. The singer and songwriter passed away on Saturday in his Los Angeles area home following a battle with liver cancer.
The Walker Brothers hits included “Make It Easy On Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” Walker was born John Maus but adopted the name “Walker” when he was 17 years old. In fact, none of the Walker Brothers were related, although some fans assumed John and his band mate Scott Walker were siblings. “On each day I play, one person asks me if we are and what is my brother doing,” John Walker told the U.K website thisisnottigham in 2009. The Brothers enjoyed enormous success in Britain during the ’60s. “The top three groups in England were the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Walker Brothers,” Walker recently told Saga magazine, “and we sort of switched positions in popularity occasionally.”
The band’s drummer Gary Walker has paid tribute to Walker. “The three of us had the most incredible adventure together, all the time not realizing that we were part of pop history,” the drummer wrote on his official website. “His music will live on, and therefore so will John.”
You can check out the Walker Brothers performing “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” below.
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